Nick Kyrgios, Jannik Sinner, Grigor Dimitrov to Skip Tokyo Olympics, Confirmed as Entries at Atlanta ATP 250 2021

Published 07/09/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Nursing an abdominal injury he sustained at the Wimbledon Championships this year, Nick Kyrgios seems to have all but given up on competing at the Tokyo Olympics.  

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The burly Australian tennis star has been named in the main draw for the Atlanta Open hardcore tournament, which will kick off around the same time the summer Games, postponed from last year due to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic, gets underway.

The tournament will kick off on July 24 and end on August 1.

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Nick Kyrgios withdrew with an injury in R3 at Wimbledon

Playing his first tournament since his third-round exit at the Australian Open, Kyrgios reached Round 3 at Wimbledon before a mid-match breakdown against Felix Auger-Aliassime put paid to his chances of progressing deeper.

Speaking to reporters post his injury-enforced retirement, the Australian had hinted that he might not travel to Tokyo.

Kyrgios said he would begin his recovery and rehabilitation in the Bahamas before preparing for the hard court swing and the US Open.

Apart from Kyrgios, other top stars who are confirmed to participate at the ATP 250 event are reigning Miami runner-up Jannik Sinner, current World No.21 Grigor Dimitrov and rising American star Sebastian Korda.

Leading the American challenge at the event would be Taylor Fritz and the big-serving Reilly Opelka.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner in action during his first round match against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics Pool via REUTERS/Mike Hewitt

World No.15 Australian Alex De Minaur was the defending champion at the event 2019.

Kyrgios staged heroic fightback to win opener Wimbledon tie against Ugo Humbert

Kyrgios opened his Wimbledon campaign with a hard-fought five-set win over Frenchman Ugo Humbert.

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The maverick Australian took the first set at a canter but the reigning Halle champion came roaring back to take the next two by comfortable margins, thereby putting him on the brink of elimination in the opening round itself.

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However, just when it seemed that all was lost, Kyrgios, roared on by the crowd, fought back to win the fourth set and eventually prevailed in the nervy setter.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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