Kyrgios makes winning return at Stuttgart | 8 June, 2022 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Australian Nick Kyrgios has made a promising start at an ATP 250 tournament in Germany this week.

Stuttgart, Germany, 8 June 2022 | Leigh Rogers

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Stuttgart, Germany

Nick Kyrgios is back on tour – and back in the winners’ circle.

The 27-year-old Australian fired 18 aces in a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory against Czech Jiri Lehecka in the opening round at an ATP 250 tournament in Stuttgart.

Kyrgios, who was competing in his first tour-level event in two months, did not drop serve in the 77-minute clash.

Fellow Australian Chris O’Connell’s winning run came to an end however, with the qualifier losing to former world No.1 Andy Murray.

Aussies in action – Stuttgart

Men’s singles, first round
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Jiri Lehecka (CZE) 7-6(3) 6-3
Andy Murray (GBR) d [Q] Chris O’Connell (AUS) 6-4 6-3

Men’s singles, second round
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v TBC

Men’s doubles, first round
[2] John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)/Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)

Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)/Alexander Bublik (KAZ) v [4] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/Andrea Mies (GER)

Nottingham, Great Britain 

Ajla Tomljanovic has made a winning start to her grass-court season, powering into the second round at a WTA 250 tournament in Nottingham.

The Wimbledon 2021 quarterfinalist recorded a 6-4 6-4 victory against China’s Wang Xinyu in first-round action.

While Jordan Thompson has continued his impressive form at an ATP Challenger event being staged concurrently at the venue.

The third-seeded Thompson beat Swiss qualifier Antoine Bellier 6-3 6-4 in the opening round to extend his current winning streak to six matches. It is the world No.74’s best winning run since October 2018.

Aussies in action – Nottingham

Women’s singles, first round
[5] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) d Wang Xinyu (CHN) 6-4 6-4

Men’s singles, first round
[3] Jordan Thompson (AUS) d [Q] Antoine Bellier (SUI) 6-3 6-4
[Q] Otto Virtanen (FIN) d [4] John Millman (AUS) 7-6(5) 6-3

Women’s doubles, first round
Vivian Heisen (GER)/Samantha Murray Sharan (GBR) d Maddison Inglis (AUS)/Cristina Bucsa (ESP) 7-5 4-6 [10-6]

Men’s doubles, first round
Julian Cash (GBR)/Henry Patten (GBR) d Alexei Popyrin (AUS)/Nicholas Monroe (USA) 6-3 6-3

Women’s singles, second round
[5] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [Q] Katie Boulter (GBR)

Men’s singles, second round
[3] Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Jay Clarke (GBR)
[5] Alexei Popyrin (AUS)
v Antoine Escoffier (FRA)

Women’s doubles, first round
Sam Stosur (AUS)/Latisha Chan (TPE) v Maria Sakkari (GRE)/Donna Vekic (CRO)
Astra Sharma (AUS)/Ingrid Neel (USA) v Magdalena Frech (POL)/Tereza Martincova (CZE)
Arina Rodionova (AUS)/Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) v [4] Caroline Dolehide (USA)/Monica Niculescu (ROU)

Men’s doubles, first round
[2] John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)/Jack Sock (USA)
John Millman (AUS)/Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v [1] Andrea Vavassori (ITA)/Szymon Walkow (POL)

s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

It was a tough day for Aussie competitors at the Libema Open in s-Hertogenbosch, with five players losing their first-round singles matches.

Qualifier Olivia Gadecki, a 20-year-old from the Gold Coast ranked No.166, pushed world No.35 Anhelina Kalinina to three sets.

While Taylah Preston, a 16-year-old from Perth, impressed in her WTA main draw debut. The world No.812-ranked qualifier extended Dutch competitor Arianne Hartono, a player 11 years older and ranked more than 660 places higher, to three sets as well.

Aussies in action – s-Hertogenbosch

Men’s singles, first round
[WC] Tim van Rijthoven (NED) d [Q] Matthew Ebden (AUS) 7-6(4) 7-6(9)

Women’s singles, first round
[8] Elise Mertens (BEL) d [Q] Storm Sanders (AUS) 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2
Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) d [Q] Olivia Gadecki (AUS) 6-3 4-6 6-4
[Q] Caty McNally (USA) d Daria Saville (AUS) 7-6(3) 6-3
[WC] Arianne Hartono (NED) d [Q] Taylah Preston (AUS) 6-4 3-6 6-4

Men’s singles, first round
James Duckworth (AUS) v Gilles Simon (FRA) 4-6 1-3 to finish

Men’s singles, second round
[4] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

Men’s doubles, first round
[4] Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) v Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS)

Women’s doubles, first round
Ellen Perez (AUS)/Tamara Zidansek (SLO) v Elena Rybakina (KAZ)/Liudmila Samsonova

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