The Best ATP Tour Matches Of 2019

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPTour.com looks at the six best ATP Tour matches in 2019. (The best Grand Slam matches will be featured Tuesday.)
6) Alexander Zverev d. Roger Federer, Rolex Shanghai Masters, Shanghai Quarter-finals, 11 Octobe…

ATP Concludes Kyrgios Investigation

The ATP has concluded its investigation concerning Nick Kyrgios that was initiated following his second-round match at the ATP Masters 1000 event Cincinnati in which he was fined US$ 113,000.
The investigation, conducted by Gayle David Bradshaw, Execut…

Kyrgios, Popyrin Lead Aussie Charge At US Open

One word to describe Nick Kyrgios’ performance on Thursday at the US Open: clinical.
The 28th seed completed a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Antoine Hoang in a brisk one hour and 58 minutes. It was standing room only on Grandstand to catch a glimpse of the Au…

ATP Statement On Nick Kyrgios In Cincinnati

Following his second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati Wednesday night, Nick Kyrgios was fined US$ 113,000.
The following provides a breakdown of the penalties incurred by Kyrgios: 

Ball Abuse (Warning)
Unsport…

Tsitsipas, Kyrgios Set To Renew Rivalry At Laver Cup

One of the hottest new rivalries in world tennis is set to play out in Geneva, with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios confirmed for Laver Cup 2019 in September.
World No. 7 Tsitsipas, one of tennis’ fastest-rising stars, will make his debut for…

Tsitsipas, Kyrgios Set To Renew Rivalry At Laver Cup

One of the hottest new rivalries in world tennis is set to play out in Geneva, with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios confirmed for Laver Cup 2019 in September.
World No. 7 Tsitsipas, one of tennis’ fastest-rising stars, will make his debut for…

Kyrgios: ‘This Makes Me Happy’

Nick Kyrgios consistently participates in kids’ clinics as he travels the world on the ATP Tour. At the Citi Open, the ATP 500 tournament he won two weeks ago, the Aussie spent a lot of time playing ping pong with any and all challengers.

And after defeating Italian Lorenzo Sonego on Monday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Kyrgios handed a young girl behind his bench a signed ball, her mouth left agape with happiness. Kyrgios saw the moment on Twitter shortly thereafter and commented, “This makes me happy”.

“I have always been pretty nice to, I feel, generally to people and to kids. I have been doing kids clinics for Tennis Australia when I was young. I was just brought up like that, to be honest. I don’t care if you’re a CEO of a company or a janitor,” Kyrgios said. “I’m going to speak to you the same way. I love doing [clinics]. I think that’s what it’s about. It’s about giving kids belief that they can be in this position one day.”

This makes me happy ❤️❤️❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/xWFVLMhKAk

— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 13, 2019

Kyrgios certainly put on a show for the kids and everyone in attendance at this ATP Masters 1000 tournament, even taking a bow after a stab backhand volley in the second set against Sonego. The Italian got in on the fun as well during his last service game, winning an epic point that featured a Kyrgios tweener before trying to rally the crowd to his side.

“I think they are just super excited to play me, honestly. I think they definitely want to beat me,” Kyrgios said. “He was having a lot of fun out there. That point was awesome. And to see him having a lot of fun, I don’t think that’s a normal occasion for him in his matches.”

Although Kyrgios did not face a break point, it was not an easy match. Up until 5-5 in the opener, Sonego was unblemished on serve, too. But a quick drop in level was all it took to give the Aussie the break in the first set. The same held true in the second set. Otherwise, Sonego was going after his shots and holding his own.

“I feel like when guys play me they go out there and try and play their best level,” Kyrgios said. “They try and keep things on their racquet and redline.”

Bringing the best out of your opponents because of the atmosphere of a match might not always be the best idea. But it’s something that Kyrgios enjoys.

“Honestly I wish they’d just roll over and it was a 6-1, 6-1 job,” Kyrgios said, smiling. “No, it’s a lot of fun. Obviously just from that match I can see his strengths, his first serve and his forehand, looks to run around and dictate… I think the strengths of all my opponents come out when they play me. That’s pretty cool.”

Nick Kyrgios

In the next round, Kyrgios will face one of the biggest hitters on the ATP Tour in Karen Khachanov, who made the semi-finals last week at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

“I’m going to try to keep things on my own terms, but again, I’m not going to think about it,” Kyrgios said. “I have some doubles tomorrow with the birthday boy. See how it goes.”

Kyrgios is partnering reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas on the doubles court for the second time. And just like they did at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., the Australian-Greek tandem will face top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the first round. Monday is Tsitsipas’ birthday, too.

“I actually didn’t get him a present. I didn’t know until I saw it on Twitter this morning, but I don’t know. I might get him something small tomorrow,” Kyrgios said, before cracking a smile. “Maybe a shoelace or something.” Read More: Stefanos Seeks A Better Paire

Kyrgios: ‘This Makes Me Happy’

Nick Kyrgios consistently participates in kids’ clinics as he travels the world on the ATP Tour. At the Citi Open, the ATP 500 tournament he won two weeks ago, the Aussie spent a lot of time playing ping pong with any and all challengers.

And after defeating Italian Lorenzo Sonego on Monday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Kyrgios handed a young girl behind his bench a signed ball, her mouth left agape with happiness. Kyrgios saw the moment on Twitter shortly thereafter and commented, “This makes me happy”.

“I have always been pretty nice to, I feel, generally to people and to kids. I have been doing kids clinics for Tennis Australia when I was young. I was just brought up like that, to be honest. I don’t care if you’re a CEO of a company or a janitor,” Kyrgios said. “I’m going to speak to you the same way. I love doing [clinics]. I think that’s what it’s about. It’s about giving kids belief that they can be in this position one day.”

This makes me happy ❤️❤️❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/xWFVLMhKAk

— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 13, 2019

Kyrgios certainly put on a show for the kids and everyone in attendance at this ATP Masters 1000 tournament, even taking a bow after a stab backhand volley in the second set against Sonego. The Italian got in on the fun as well during his last service game, winning an epic point that featured a Kyrgios tweener before trying to rally the crowd to his side.

“I think they are just super excited to play me, honestly. I think they definitely want to beat me,” Kyrgios said. “He was having a lot of fun out there. That point was awesome. And to see him having a lot of fun, I don’t think that’s a normal occasion for him in his matches.”

Although Kyrgios did not face a break point, it was not an easy match. Up until 5-5 in the opener, Sonego was unblemished on serve, too. But a quick drop in level was all it took to give the Aussie the break in the first set. The same held true in the second set. Otherwise, Sonego was going after his shots and holding his own.

“I feel like when guys play me they go out there and try and play their best level,” Kyrgios said. “They try and keep things on their racquet and redline.”

Bringing the best out of your opponents because of the atmosphere of a match might not always be the best idea. But it’s something that Kyrgios enjoys.

“Honestly I wish they’d just roll over and it was a 6-1, 6-1 job,” Kyrgios said, smiling. “No, it’s a lot of fun. Obviously just from that match I can see his strengths, his first serve and his forehand, looks to run around and dictate… I think the strengths of all my opponents come out when they play me. That’s pretty cool.”

Nick Kyrgios

In the next round, Kyrgios will face one of the biggest hitters on the ATP Tour in Karen Khachanov, who made the semi-finals last week at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

“I’m going to try to keep things on my own terms, but again, I’m not going to think about it,” Kyrgios said. “I have some doubles tomorrow with the birthday boy. See how it goes.”

Kyrgios is partnering reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas on the doubles court for the second time. And just like they did at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., the Australian-Greek tandem will face top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the first round. Monday is Tsitsipas’ birthday, too.

“I actually didn’t get him a present. I didn’t know until I saw it on Twitter this morning, but I don’t know. I might get him something small tomorrow,” Kyrgios said, before cracking a smile. “Maybe a shoelace or something.” Read More: Stefanos Seeks A Better Paire

Kyrgios Calls For Khachanov After Strong Cincinnati Opener

When Nick Kyrgios serves well, there’s very little opponents can do about it. That held true on Monday evening, as the Aussie bounced back from a disappointing first-round exit in Montreal to beat Italian Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, reaching the second ro…

Tsitsipas & Kyrgios Open Up On Their Bromance

There’s very little that’s conventional about the doubles partnership between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios. When Kyrgios first asked the #NextGenATP Greek to team up, he even tried to sweeten the pot by offering to defect from Australia.

“He asked by saying he wanted to play the ATP Cup for Greece,” laughed Tsitsipas. “He said he has a [Greek] passport, but I knew he was being sarcastic because he’s sarcastic 95 per cent of the time. He wanted to play doubles with me at Queen’s Club and I couldn’t, but we played at the Citi Open and now here in Cincinnati, so he’s become our official agent.”

Although they lost their debut outing in Washington in a Match Tie-break to Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, the early signs were encouraging enough to team up this week at the Western & Southern Open. Fittingly, they will play Cabal/Farah once again in the first round.

Both players admit to being polar opposites. Kyrgios is gregarious and outgoing, while Tsitsipas is a self-described introvert. But like many partnerships, opposites attract.

“It’s the joy of being with a person who thinks different and reacts differently,” said Tsitsipas. “I would charactertise him as someone who likes to amuse. I’m very serious and concentrated when I play, but he just has the style of speaking all the time. It’s good sometimes to have a change.”

Their bromance extended well beyond their initial foray on the doubles court. Both players heaped praise on each other in press conferences and on social media. When Tsitsipas needed to change shoes during their semi-final singles match in Washington, Kyrgios provided one of the funniest moments of the week by personally delivering them.

Special Delivery! 😂

🎥: @TennisTV | @NickKyrgios | #CO19 pic.twitter.com/JAoURCS25D

— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) August 4, 2019

They’ve also been able to learn from each other. While the normally serious Tsitsipas was able to laugh during his “shoegate” moment with Kyrgios, the Aussie experienced during their warm-up why Tsitsipas has climbed to a career-high No. 5 in the ATP Rankings.

“I thought we were just going to have a 25-minute hit-out, roll the arm over, banter a little bit. Before I know it, we’re an hour in, playing singles games. I’m dripping,” said Kyrgios in Washington. “That shows how hard he works. He’s out there every day, super professional, putting in the hours. It’s obvious why he’s good. You can see how polished his game is when he’s playing.”

Tsitsipas acknowledged that Kyrgios’ boisterous on-court behavior can be polarizing to some fans, but made it clear he’s now firmly in the Aussie’s corner. If their growing friendship is any indication, Cincinnati won’t be be the last time they team up.

“He’s entertaining people,” said Tsitsipas. “Some people love him, some people hate him. I believe we need people like him in the game, otherwise everything becomes too serious. He’s fun.”

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