The Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles Final Awaits!
Nick will aim to defend his Wimbledon boys doubles title later today as he and partner Thanasi Kokkinakis take on Enzo Couacaud and Stefano Napolitano in the final of the boys doubles event at Wimbledon in a matcg that is scheduled for second on court 3.
Nick is aiming to put the disappointment of his third round singles exit behind him and leave London with another Wimbledon title, “It would be great to win the final especially with Thanasi who is such a good friend, I mean it would be awesome to help him get over the line and win his first slam title. We’ve had great fun playing here and fingers crossed we can end the week well.”
Nick served up another 10 aces on his way to the third round.
Nick today beat Austrian world number 28 Lucas Meidler 6-2 6-4 in little over an hour out on court 17 at SW19 today to reach the third round of the boy’s singles championships at Wimbledon.
Nick followed up his serving master class against Briton Evan Hoyt in round one with another 10 aces to bring his tally to 25 in two matches. Nick has also hit an impressive 61 winners and only 22 unforced errors in both of his opening matches.
In the third round Nick will take on Hyeon Chung of Korea in a match that is scheduled for an 11am start on court 17 on Wednesday.
Nick will be in action at the Hurlingham Club later today.
Nick will be playing in the Hurlingham Club Exhibition hosted by BNP Parisbas later today when he takes on fellow junior Gianluca Quinzi in what is likely to be a dress rehearsal for a Wimbledon showdown in the coming weeks.
The match is scheduled for second on after 2pm and anyone looking to book tickets should contact – 0208 233 5854
Nick goes down to Marin Cilic in three.
Marin Cilic showed exactly why he has been ranked in the top 10 and why he is the 10th seed here at Roland Garros as he ended Nick’ stay in the men’s singles at the French Open out on court 7.
Nick started a little tentatively and Cilic pounced immediately to set the tone of the match and take an early break which he held on to, to close the opening set 6/4. Despite Nick putting up fierce resistance, a hamstring niggle never really allowed the Aussie to fire on all cylinders against the big serving Croat and Cilic was able to take full advantage of this to run away with the next two sets for a 6/4 6/2 6/2 win.
Nick was obviously disappointed after the match but was looking to the positives “Today was tough for me, to not be able to be physically at my best was always going to be near on impossible in an already tough task. Marin served unreal, I had two sniffs at his serve and he came up with bombs on both break points. I’ve had a whirlwind nine to ten days, it was a great opportunity gifted to me by Tennis Australia to play the main draw and then to win a round against someone like Stepanek is great and then to play someone like Marin Cilic is just a bonus, it’s helped open my eyes to what I need to improve on and I will go away with Simon and the guys and get to work on that. It’s been a massive positive for me these past few days and I will be better for the experience.”
Nick received good news from the results on his scan as there is no major damage and he will be fine to compete in the junior event that begins at the weekend, Nick is looking forward to the event kicking off “Being number one in the juniors obviously puts a target on your back anyway but after the last few days I guess some of the guys are going to be even more pumped to take a crack at me. Just because I am number one doesn’t mean I deserve the title now, there is a long way to go and some very good players in the draw that are capable of winning the title but for me it’s just another opportunity to get out there, have some fun and play some good tennis in this special tournament. I have good memories here from the doubles last year and I just love playing at Roland Garros.”
Nick Kyrgios winning on his French Open debut.
Nick Kyrgios made his grand slam debut today at the French Open at Roland Garros against former world number 8 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic on court 17.
It was the world number 1 junior’s first taste of the big time and he did not disappoint, showing a full array of shots, skills and even trick shots to beat the veteran 7/6 7/6 7/6 despite saving set points in the 2nd and 3rd sets. Nick really showed a maturity and composure well beyond his years to send Stepanek packing.
After the match Nick was understandably pumped “Wow, what a match! I worked so hard for that and it was just an unreal feeling. To get a wild card is one thing but to get one whilst making my debut and then put in a performance like that, I couldn’t ask for more. I actually think I can play better but I will take it. I’m so grateful Tennis Australia gave me the wild card and I am hoping for another good performance in round 2.”
In the second round Nick will face 10th seed Marin Cilic of Croatia.
Roland Garros 2013
Nick Kyrgios has been drawn to face Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros.
Radek Stepanek is the oldest player in the draw whilst Nick is the youngest by quite some way.
The match is scheduled as the first match on court 17 on Monday.
French Open main draw wild card 2013.
Australian Open junior champion Nick Kyrgios has received a wild card in to the main draw of next weeks French Open at Roland Garros due to fellow Aussie John Millman sustaining a shoulder injury.
World junior number one Kyrgios was due to take part in the men’s qualifying draw which started today but when Millman withdrew, vacating the wild card allocated to Tennis Australia in the wild card swap agreement between the French, Australian and American federations Nick was upgraded to the main draw and will now line up against the very best men in the world at the French Open which starts here in Paris on Sunday.
Nick is looking forward to the experience “I’m so happy to receive this wild card, I was super grateful for the qualifying wild card but to be given a main draw wild card is such a great opportunity and I am very thankful to all the team back at Tennis Australia. Of course the circumstances are not great, I wish John a very speedy and complete recovery but I really want to make the most of this great opportunity and go out there and show what I can do with the big guys, in one of the biggest events on the planet.”
GTC director of player relations John Morris, who manages Nick had this to say “I think this is a very special occasion for Nick to be making his grand slam main draw debut at the French Open but I think his form in 2013 makes him the right choice for being upgraded after John Millman withdrew, I know Nick will go out there and give his very best and at this stage in his young career that’s all that can be asked of him. I personally would like to thank Todd Woodbridge and all the guys at Tennis Australia for their continued help and support of Nick, it truly is one big team effort.”
The draw for the men’s singles is due to be released on Friday with the first round matches starting on Sunday and Monday.
Tennis Australia officially announced today that Nick has received a wild card in to the men’s qualifying event in to the French Open at Roland Garros courtesy of Tennis Australia’s wild card swap arrangement with the French Tennis Federation and the USTA.
Nick who played the qualifying event at the Australian Open earlier in the year is looking forward to the opportunity to step up and challenge some of the worlds best “I am pleased and honored to have be granted a wild card in to the French Open qualifying event. I would like to thank everyone at Tennis Australia for believing in me and giving me this great opportunity, I aim on making the best of it and I hope that I can be in the main draw on my own ranking sooner rather than later.”
The qualifying for the French Open starts on Tuesday 21st May.
Nick celebrated turning 18 and becoming a man by showing he was the man in China as he won his second professional title of the year and first ITF Pro Circuit title to add to his Australian Open boy’s singles and ATP Challenger titles he won earlier in the year in Australia.
Nick who turned 18 on Saturday was impressively the sixth seed in Yuxi, China despite being the youngest player in the draw, the youngster was able to win the $15,000 event with the loss of just one set in the quarter finals against China’s Zhe Li, in the semi finals Nick beat the top seed and world number 190 Hiroki Moriya 6/3 7/5.
In the final Nick was up against Dutchman Boy Westerhof who was the third seed and world number 236 but it was Nick who looked the much higher ranked and experienced player as he used his powerful serve and ground strokes to financially and efficiently dispatch the Dutchman 7/5 6/1.
This result will see Nick improve further on his new ATP ranking inside the top 300 (he’s the youngest in the top 300) and will help him in his quest to gain entry in to the Men’s Singles qualifying at Wimbledon this year.
Nick has reached his third straight quarter final with a 6/2 6/4 victory over China’s Chu Han Wang. In the quarter finals Nick will face another local hope in Zhe Li who came past the 4th seeded Jose Statham in two sets. Nick who is the current world junior number 1 is guaranteed a new ATP world ranking inside the top 300 next week and he is enjoying a promising run of results of late, showing exactly the sort of form that has many people predicting him as a future grand slam champion. Nick quarter final match will take place on Friday Yuxi, China.