ATP Melbourne 250 Draw: Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios in Same Half

Published 01/02/2022, 5:29 AM EST
Nick Kyrgios of Australia (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain at the net following their Men’s Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)


Tennis is back and we are looking forward to an eventful month of tennis beginning in January. Whenever we reach this time of the year, players base themselves in the Australian continent for the various events and most notably, the Australian Open.

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We have superstars like Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Nick Kyrgios as the few big names that will enthrall fans with their presence and exceptional quality of tennis. The ATP Melbourne 250 will begin next week and we have the Spaniard who will be competing in his first match of the year on Tuesday. 

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Fans in for a treat with Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios in action

Rafa could face a qualifier of Marcos Giron in his opening match. However, the main talking point is the prospect of Nadal facing Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the semifinal if all goes well. If that happens, fans would relish the opportunity to see these old foes take on each other. 

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On the other side, British tennis star Andy Murray who has received a wild card for the Australian Open 2022 will be seen in the warm-up event too. After missing out on the Australian Tour last season, it comes as great news to him and his fans to witness him in action. 

Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands at the net with Nick Kyrgios of Australia after their Men’s Singles second round match during Day four of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The second seed Reilly Opelka and Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov feature in the bottom half of the draw. Even the fifth seed Benoit Paire and former World No. 3 Kevin Anderson feature alongside Andy Murray.

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Coming to tennis, the ATP Cup 2022 is underway and it will be interesting to see which player guides their nation to glory. Nonetheless, the 2022 season has just begun and there is a lot of action left to unfold over the next month. We wish all players the best of luck. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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