Tennis: Nick Kyrgios ran out of Madrid Open, question raised over antics

Tennis: Nick Kyrgios ran out of Madrid Open, question raised over antics

Nick Kyrgio's start to the claycourt season has ended suddenly, the Australian dumped out of the first round of the Madrid Open in straight set by Jan-Lennard Struff.

A drop shot-happy Kyrgios was outmuscled by German 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

While the first set was close to the scoreboard, Struff dominated games with Kyrgios, winning only three points on his opponent's serving across six games and a tiebreaker.

It looked as if things would turn around when Kyrgyz capitalized on a double error and some undisturbed errors of the world's No. 48 Struff when he claimed a break in the opening game in the second set.

But the benefit was not to last.

Struff ultimately made up 2-2, games continued to serve until he broke Kyrgios comfortably at 5-4 to take the fight.

The German had been in good time with a quarter-finals in the Barcelona Open, where he enjoyed wins over David Goffin and Stefanos Tsitsipas before going down to Rafael Nadal.

It was another mixed bag from World No. 34 that served well on occasions, but bombarded with all three forearm supplies and relied too much on dropshots to win some cheap points.

His one outbreak arose after Struff won a point to earn the first set, Kyrgios breaks his racket in frustration and earns a warning.

Australia was dumped out of the first round of the Madrid Open in straight sets by Jan-Lennard Struff.
Australia was dumped out of the first round of the Madrid Open in straight sets by Jan-Lennard Struff.Picture: Getty

After the loss, Kyrgios set out and checked his phone with questions that soon arose around his main place for the tournament.

A Twitter user even pointed out that Kyrgios arrived at the match with only two rackets and a small bag indicating that he was not serious about the opening round.

Kyrgios had played his first match since the Miami Open in March when he lost to Borna Coric in the 16th round.

Unless he does better in Rome, he will struggle to break into the top 32 and earn a sow at the French opening, which starts on May 26.

Kyrgios turns to doubles

Nick Kyrgios will struggle to earn a seeding for the French Open, starting May 26 unless he performs better in Rome than he did in Madrid.

Australia's start to the claycourt season ended suddenly in the Spanish capital, dumped out of the first round of the Madrid Open in straight sets by Jan-Lennard Struff.

A drop shot-happy Kyrgios was exhibited by the German 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 at the ATP Masters 1000 event.

It was another mixed bag from Kyrgios – which started the week as World No. 34 – which he served well on occasions, but bombarded with all three forearm supplies and relied too much on drop shots to win some cheap points.

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Nick Kyrgios is out of Madrid Open single after his first round loss to Jan-Lennard Struff.Picture: EPA

His one outbreak arose after Struff won a point to earn the first set, Kyrgios breaks his racket in frustration and earns a warning.

Kyrgios hardly seemed to have access to two rackets during the match, as the court with them stood out of a leather backpack instead of a regulation tennis bag.

He had played his first match since the Miami Open in March when he lost to Borna Coric for 16 rounds.

Kyrgios will get more match practice on the red clay in Madrid when he collaborates with Bernard Tomic in the doubles.

The Wildcard pair plays on Tuesday the eighth grafted duo John Peers of Australia and Finn Henri Kontinen.

"Unfortunately, sports entertainment," kyrgios tweeted in response to a Twitter post questioning the decision to give him and tomic somewhere in a draw in favor of a "solid doubles team".

While the first set was close to the scoreboard, Struff dominated games with Kyrgios, where he only won three points on his opponent's serve across six games and tiebreaker.

It looked as if things would turn around when Kyrgyz capitalized on a double error and some undisturbed errors of the world's No. 48 Struff when he claimed a break in the opening game in the second set.

But the benefit was not to last.

Struff leveled at 2-2, games continue to serve until he broke Kyrgios comfortably at 5-4 to take the fight.

In today's only first round meeting, the 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime met his head-to-head record with his Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Auger-Aliassime dismissed 20-year-old Shapovalov 6-2 7-6 (9-7) to move into another round showdown with king of clay, Rafael Nadal.

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