‘A Night I’m Never Going to Forget’ – Nick Kyrgios’ Surreal Experience of Playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium Following Serena Williams’ Victory at US Open 2022

Published 08/30/2022, 6:50 AM EDT

US Open 2022 is off to an electric start. Serena Williams registered a thumping victory in her first match. As all eyes were set on Serena’s match, the game that followed it was between the Aussie duo of Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis. The two play doubles together and are really close friends.

Kyrgios registered an easy three-set victory and advanced to the second round. Meanwhile, the Aussie spoke about the excitement of playing after the Serena’s match.


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Kyrgios on playing after Serena Williams

Kyrgios addressed the press after his first-round victory. The 27-year-old revealed that he already knew from the schedule that he was going to play after Serena Williams. “Schedule came out. I saw that I was following Serena, two days before I’m playing,” he said. He further added, “I’m kind of thinking, this is probably going to be the biggest match not of her career, but the US Open is probably not going to have a bigger match. To follow that, it’s a special opportunity.”


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Kyrgios was also happy with his own match, as an enormous crowd attended a match that was special for him, too. “To play one of my probably best friends after Serena’s possible last match, with a record-breaking attendance, it’s insane. A night I’m never going to forget. My 200th win as well. A couple accolades today. It was good,” he added.

Nick Kyrgios a title contender in the US Open


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The 27-year-old Aussie has been in great touch this season. The Wimbledon Championships 2022 finalist has played 41 matches so far and won 32 out of them. At the start of this year, he was ranked above 100 in the ATP rankings chart. However, now the Aussie has climbed to 25, owing to his consistency over the past year. He started the year with an impressive hard-court performance as he reached the quarterfinals of Indian wells and the last 16 of the Miami Open.

Mar 27, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) hits a forehand against Fabio Fognini (ITA)(not pictured) in a third round men’s singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrgios kept improving his game and was brilliant in the grass season. After making it to the semifinal of the BOSS Open, he had a run to the Wimbledon Championships final. Further, the 27-year-old claimed his first title of the year at the Citi Open. He continued his impressive run with a brilliant victory against the world number 1 Daniil Medvedev in the National Bank Open.


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With his good form and experience of playing in the Grand Slam final, the Aussie is one of the contenders to lift the US Open title.



Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

Edited By: Tony Thomas