Tennis player Nick Kyrgios defeated American qualifier Ryan Harrison 7-56-2 at Tokyo Open. But this was not the only news of the day. The world number 17 proved that he can also be kind to other people’s needs. He has been known to cause controversies and to get into arguments with both other players and umpires. This in addition to his swearing on court and unusual behavior.
Coming to the rescue
With high temperatures, Nick Kyrgios wanted to be sure that a fan had everything he needed. The match between the two players got suspended for about ten minutes after a fan fell on the steps in the stands. Kyrgios noticed that he was receiving medical attention. Nick, who was very criticized for his inappropriate behavior on court and outside them, sent one of his bottles of water up in the stands for the injured fan. The temperatures went as high as 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit). The Japanese spectators smiled and clapped after his kind gesture.
What’s next for Nick Kyrgios
Next opponent for Nick Kyrgios is Czech player Radek Stepanek. About him, Nick said that he is a good friend and that even if he is slowly aging, Stepanek is quickly learning to adapt to the newer style of tennis play. He also said that he is a strong player who can put up a fight, especially on a hard court. It seems like Nick is changing and this might be very much in his advantage. Considering the huge talent he possesses, it would be a shame if he got lost among scandals and controversies. After all, many consider him to be the next big thing on tour, and this might raise some question marks in his head. What if they are right?
Frenchman and second seed Gael Monfils also went through to the second round after defeating a Japanese player, Yuchi Sugita. He served six aces in the match. Next, Monfils will meet his Davis Cup teammate and fellow frenchman, Gilles Simon. About his next opponent, Gael said that it will be very difficult to adapt because they know each other so well. Simon is a player who pushes you to play the best tennis possible to beat him.
Another Japanese player was defeated in the first round of Tokyo Open by David Goffin. He will face next Jiri Vesely. The tallest player on tour, Ivo Karlovic also defeated Federico Delbonis in his match.
Feliciano Lopez retired
But seeded players also fell in the first round. Feliciano Lopez, who was the eighth seed needed to retire in the third set of his match against James Duckworth. The Spaniard cited an illness which made him feel unwell and unable to continue the match.
In conclusion, the Tokyo Open has been a pretty nice tournament for the seeds. When only one seed falls in the first round, this means that the tournament is doing great. Usually, many surprises happen and even the first favorites are losing in the incipient phases. We will see at the end of the week who will take home the trophy.
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