Nicolas Kicker he’s having a fantastic 2021 on the track. The one born in Merlo He resumed business this year after a 32-month suspension for match-fixing.
“I want to get among the top 30, I think I have the level” He declared his sanction consummated to the newspaper Página 12. The former World No. 78, who played a Davis Cup match (2018) with Argentina, returned to play in February this year at the ATP 250 in Córdoba, a tournament that awarded him a wild card.
Despite the defeat on his return to the circuit (he was against Facundo Bagnis 6-1 and 6-4) The Merlense did not give up and went to the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires, a tournament in which he reached the third qualy match.
The events that followed were the ATP 250 of Santiago (same result as in Buenos Aires) and the Challenger of the homonymous city. There he entered from qualifying and became among the eight best in the tournament.
After initiating those good performances upon his return, Kicker went from not having a ranking to being among the 700 best players in the world. And before diving into the Challenger circuit, went through the ITF.
Between March and June, the Argentine played five tournaments of this type (Villa María, Pensacola, Santo Domingo twice and Tulsa) and reached the final in all, consecrating himself in four of them.
In the last week he played the Tampere Challenger and was a finalist after beating the number one seed: Botic Van de Zandschulp (128th). Despite the defeat in the decisive match, Kicker went from being unranked in January 2021 to being ranked 314. The next challenge you will have will be Poznan Challenger in which he will debut before Henri Laaksonen (134 °) and will seek to continue climbing positions in the world ranking.