Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios (48th World Ranking) announced that he will play the ATP 250 tournament in Doha that will take place from March 8 to 13 in the capital of Qatar. It will be his first tournament after his participation in the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia.
Kyrgios will see action again on the ATP circuit following his defeat in the third round of the Australian Open at the hands of Austrian Dominc Thiem (3rd). It will be his first foray outside Australia, since so far in 2021 he only played the ATP 250 tournaments in Melbourne (he fell in the last 16 to Borna Coric) and the Australian Open, held in the same oceanic city.
It should be noted that the 25-year-old tennis player born in Canberra does not register previous participations in the contest, so it will be his debut in the appointment that already has the confirmation of the Swiss Roger Federer to make its premiere in the season. The former world No. 1 has not played an official match since the 2020 Australian Open.
Kyrgios, winner of 6 ATP titles at the singles level, had declared weeks ago in relation to Federer: “He is the greatest in history. In terms of talent, Nadal and Djokovic are not even close to Federer ”. And he added: “He has torn me to pieces a couple of times. It makes you feel like you’re really bad at tennis. “
The history between both players is in favor of the Swiss tennis player 6 to 1. The curious thing is that the only victory for Kyrgios was in his first confrontation when he beat him in 2015 at the Masters 1000 in Madrid by 6-7 (2) 7 -6 (5) and 7-6 (12). From there, Federer racked up 6 consecutive victories, the last being in the 2019 Laver Cup. Perhaps the ATP 250 from Doha will face them once again for the eighth episode of their exciting history.