Australia’s maverick Nick Kyrgios will be up against American qualifier Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in the first round of the ATP Washington Open on Tuesday, July 30. The match is scheduled from 8 pm local time (1 am BST next day) and you can find the Nick Kyrgios v Thai-Son Kwiatkowski live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Nick Kyrgios v Thai-Son Kwiatkowski Head to Head
This is the first time that the Aussie and 206th-ranked American qualifier.
Kyrgios Fresh from Another Controversy (and a Surprise Doubles Appearance)!
Controversy follows where the Aussie goes and by the looks of things Kyrgios isn’t too perturbed by that either. His loss to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon was followed by a typically prickly press conference in which he said he wasn’t too bothered by smashing the ball back at his opponent. Underarm serves have been a consistent part of his repertoire which led to another social media rift with fellow player Mikhail Kukushkin.
Back on court after a short break though, Kyrgios found himself a willing partner in Stefanos Tsitsipas who paired up with him in the doubles competition here in Washington. And while they lost their opening round match to the top seeds, Kyrgios looked like he was in a much better space.
It’s been a while since the Australian won two matches in a row at a tennis tournament this year, having done that at the Miami Masters last. That had followed a title win in Acapulco earlier this season, undoubtedly his best showing that had seen him ward off Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and Alexander Zverev to win the competition.
Kwiatkowski in His First ATP Main Draw This Year
24-year-old Kwiatkowski is ranked 206th in the world, around his best singles ranking and that should improve thanks to his entry into the main draw of this tournament. Interestingly, this is just his third ATP tournament he’s participated in this season and the first time he’s made the main draw.
Kwiatkowski needed three sets in both his qualifying rounds, beating fellow American Noah Rubin and Viktor Troicki to make it this far but Kyrgios will be a different kettle of fish. Before featuring in the qualifiers in this tournament, Kwiatkowski was struggling even at the lower-level circuit, losing four back to back Challenger matches in their opening rounds.
That would have been particularly disappointing given he had looked like the momentum was finally on his side after making it as far as the semi-finals at Little Rock and Colombus before that.
Kyrgios v Kwiatkowski Predictions & Tips
The Australian world number 52 has had his issues but Kwiatkowski will find it tough to get past him or even win a set. Despite Kyrgios’ constant on-court implosions, he can be expected to take this one in straight sets to set up a second round meeting with Gilles Simon.
Tip: Kyrgios to win in straight sets: 4/5 (888Sport)