Nick Kyrgios will be part of Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open ahead of the US Open. After reaching the final at Wimbledon, Kygrios is yet to play another tournament. He has been on a long break and will look to continue where he left from at the All England Club.
The Cincinnati Open has been one of the highlights of Kyrigios’ career and the Aussie has seen the best and the worst in this tournament. In 2017, Kyrgios played the tournament and reached his first Masters 1000 final. It was a big achievement for him and included beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets on his way to the final.
Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios has been awarded a main-draw wild card into Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open. 🎢
— TENNIS (@Tennis) July 25, 2022
Ever since his defeat to Djokovic at Wimbledon final, Kyrgios has stayed away from the court. After the tournament got over, he revealed that he was tired of playing two weeks of intense tennis. The Western & Southern Open will help Kyrgios in warming up for the last grand slam of the year.
Nick Kyrgios paid a record fine at Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open in 2019
Kyrgios last played the Cincinnati Open in 2019 and that was probably the wildest tournament of his career. In the second round that year, Kyrgios faced Karen Khachanov. The Aussie looked out of touch and lost the match. However, the proceedings of the match led to Kyrgios paying one of the biggest fines of his career.
The match saw Kyrgios losing his temper at multiple stages of the game. He had a meltdown in the middle of the match as he saw the match slipping away from him. He smashed multiple racquets and even used cuss words during the game.
The match dipped to a new low when Kyrgios showcased multiple instances of unsportsmanlike conduct. After the match got over, Kyrgios was slapped with a hefty fine of $113,000 fine. Kyrgios’ erratic and eccentric behavior forced ATP to impose a 16-week ban on the Aussie.
Kyrgios has started with his US Open preparation as he is currently playing the Atlanta Open. It will be interesting to see how Kyrgios has changed in the course of these three years.