Nick Kyrgios pictured – US Clay photo
Rome 2019 was the last tournament in which Nick Kyrgios won a match on clay. The arrival of the pandemic and the complications of the calendar have put a strain on the Canberra native’s well-known aversion to clay, a surface he has sharply criticized throughout his career for the type of tennis played there. In fact, Kyrgios will only play one tournament this season on the red mantle namely the ATP in Houston, where he debuted yesterday with a win. It wasn’t easy, which adds some credit (we already know Nick): he defeated local Mackenzie McDonald after losing the first set (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) and leaving some of the “made in Kyrgios” hits. ”That we usually see in promotional videos, including a spectacular tweener. His next opponent will be Tommy Paul, who down a set and a break behind Peter Gojowczyk (6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 3-2 and retirement).
Kyrgios then spoke to the official ATP website and released a statement: “It is clear that clay is not my favorite surface, but I served very well, I started to be much more aggressive and I was able to find good ideas !.
And despite being a clear critic of the surface, the Aussie revealed that he feels in great condition. “I think my game fits very well on clay. There’s a great atmosphere out there, the fans get really involved, so I’m really eager to keep pushing forward throughout the tournament. ”
🚨 TWEENER LOB🚨
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Alexander Zverev achieved tremendous success in a very short time, with an enviable record at the age of 24. The German, however, has not yet been able to win the coveted Grand Slam title, but he has not even been able to taste the sweetness of being second in the ATP rankings. Thus, the 100 weeks he has already spent in the top-4 have been split between third and fourth place.
Cristian Garin had a very special night at the Houston tournament. For many it could be a minor event, an ATP 250 with little spotlight, but for the Chilean it could be a very important boost to his career.
He hadn’t won a match from the Australian Open, and his debut win over Jack Sock is a moral victory. This is what he said in the words collected by Seventh Game: “Honestly, I had a couple of months where I didn’t feel good playing tennis. It is very nice to win again, because even off the pitch I had my problems. Houston is a good place for me, I will try to move forward in the tournament ”.
A different time ago, a 98 year old man called Leonid Stanislavski he became famous for several reasons. Most important of all, his age: he was the oldest active player (in the senior circuit) in the world, and as such he was able to make one of his dreams come true, playing alongside Rafa Nadal in the Spanish Academy. In recent months, however, his name has made a comeback for something completely different: he was holed up in his home in Kharkiv, resisting Russian bombing in the context of the invasion of Ukraine. Well, in the last few weeks, Leonid has been able to leave his hometown and in the last few hours he has been able to fulfill another dream. He returned to play with a professional player, in this case the Pole Agnieszka Radwanska, enjoying his favorite sport safe and sound. Images that touch our hearts and that we celebrate.
¡EJEMPLO DE VIDA!
A sus 98 años, Leonid Stanislawski tuvo que huir de la guerra en Ucrania para refugiarse en Poland
🎾Como apasionado del tenis, Stanislawski cumplió uno de sus grandes sueños al jugar with Agnieszka Radwanskahttps: //t.co/UPANsLHdXIpic.twitter.com/c25GeEAeYa
– Teledeporte (@teledeporte) April 5, 2022