The Arthur-Ashe court looked like Rod Laver Arena on Monday night. A few minutes after the Serena Williams victory, who postponed his retirement for a few days, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, winners of the last Australian Open in doubles, clashed in the first round of the US Open. If the recent finalist at Wimbledon easily won in three sets (6-3, 6-4, 7-6 ), he did not fail to pay tribute to his victim of the day.
” There are probably two or three players on the circuit that I will stay in touch with until I die, to be honest. Thanasi is one of them. It was really difficult “said Nick Kyrgios after his success. By his own admission, this first round is “ one of the most uncomfortable matches » that he had to play in his career. As proof, he admitted having tried not to look at his opponent throughout the meeting, so as to ignore a necessarily particular context.
A desire to return home
Author of 42 winning shots, intractable behind his first ball (86%), the 27-year-old player therefore reached the second round without difficulty, where he will face the Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, winner of his 100% tricolor duel against Ugo Humbert. Sure of his strength and the how he plays “, the Australian has nevertheless conceded to be” exhausted physically. ” 99% of the tennis world doesn’t understand what it’s like to be away from home for so long. It’s brutal. There are babies born in my family, mom is sick, dad is not well. I have to keep traveling “, Dropped the 25th player in the world, for whom the US Open should be a highlight this season.