Nick Kyrgios is not having his best time. This Monday he lost 250 points in the ATP of Washington 2019 and fell to position 77 in the ranking, his lowest position since reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2014 as 144 in the world.
The 26-year-old Australian extrovert, who confessed to feeling “strange” this moment of his career and does not rule out that this is his last appearance in the tournament, will begin his journey as defending champion of the Citi Open against local Mackenzie McDonald (107th), whom he has never faced. That match will kick off the night shift on day two of this ATP 500 played in the US capital.
This Tuesday, already for the 32nd finals, it will also be presented Felix Auger-Aliassime (15 °), second seeded. The Canadian, who has just lost his debut in Tokyo against Australian Max Purcell, will collide with the veteran Italian Andreas Seppi (88 °), that comes from beating the Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama. This year the 36-year-old surprised the 20-year-old at Roland Garros, eliminating him in four sets.
In turn, the ATP 500 in Washington is characterized by always having young local stars and this will not be the exception: Frances Tiafoe (23 years old), raised tennis near the tournament venue, he will have a tough nut to crack in Jenson Brooksby (20), Kevin Anderson’s executioner in what was a rematch of Newport’s definition. Sebastian Korda (45 °) debuts as Top 50 against Canadian Vasek Pospisil (61st) and Brandon Nakashima (20) It will make its debut as Top 100, after two finals in recent weeks, against Alexei Popyrin (72nd).
Finally, in the second round, the British Cameron Norrie (29th) will do the same against Marcos Giron (64th) in search of his 37th victory of the year that would make him the third most successful ATP player of the 2021 season.
Other R1 matches:
Denis Kudla vs Feliciano López (H2H 0-1)
Steve Johnson vs Ramkumar Ramanathan (H2H 1-0)
Elias Ymer vs Jordan Thompson (H2H 0-1)
Tennys Sandgren vs James Duckworth (first meeting)
Miomir Kecmanovic vs Ricardas Berankis (first match)