“Really Pleased”: Nick Kyrgios Announces Good News Ahead of US Open 2021

Published 08/04/2021, 11:39 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 12: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates after winning a point in his Men’s Singles third round match against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day five of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 12, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)


Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios has received a wildcard entry in the main draw of Rogers Cup 2021. Notably, it would mark only his fourth appearance in Toronto this year.

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Moreover, Kyrgios, who joined the Tour in Wimbledon after the Australian Open, is looking forward to finding his old form. But, concerningly, he has a 1-2 record in the US Open Series so far.

Naturally, the direct entry in the now-called National Bank Open will be a boon for the 26-year-old. Simultaneously, the tournament director is also happy as Kyrgios is one of the biggest entertainers in the sport.

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Nick Kyrgios looking to put on a show at Rogers Cup 2021

Since last year, Kyrgios has limited his appearances in tournaments and hence dropped to World No.77. However, as the post-pandemic situation is kicking in, he is again out and ready to compete.

In addition, the Australian had suffered an early exit in Toronto in 2019, when he berated the chair umpire over a towel. Apart from that, he has plenty of replenishing memories of his time in Canada.

“I’m really pleased to be playing in Toronto this year,” Kyrgios said. “I’ve always enjoyed my time in Canada and have great memories of playing there. Hopefully, I can play well and put on a good show for my Canadian fans.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his second round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Furthermore, Karl Hale, the tournament director, expressed his excitement over hosting Kyrgios. Without any doubt, he knows the effect of the Aussie star on the crowds.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Nick [Kyrgios] to the National Bank Open presented by Rogers as a main draw wild card this year. Our fans will be so thrilled to watch him in action as he is such an exciting player. We cannot wait to see him in Toronto next week,” Hale said.

Kyrgios’ 2021 season so far

The six ATP titles owner began the 2021 season with outclassing performances at the Australian Open. Despite his loss in the third round to Dominic Thiem, that match remains one of the most thrilling encounters ever.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios after winning their third round match REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

After that, Kyrgios denied leaving Australia and directly joined the Tour in Wimbledon. In the second-round match there, he suffered abdominal pain and retired from the event.

Following that, Kyrgios contested in Atlanta, where he lost in the second round to Cameron Norrie. Afterwards, he failed to defend his Citi Open title in the opening match.

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Hopefully, Rogers Cup will turn things around for him and prepare him for the US Open 2021. The tournament starts on August 9, 2021.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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