Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Hubert Hurkacz to Topline Washington ATP 500 2021

Published 07/07/2021, 5:55 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


The Washington ATP 500 hard court event has come out with its provisional draw and, surprise, surprise, it features Nick Kyrgios. The tournament will kick off on August 2 and end on August 8. 

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The maverick Australian pulled out injured midway through his third-round match against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. It marked an unfortunate end to a promising campaign that saw him fight past reigning Halle champion Ugo Humbert in a knife-edged five-setter in the opening round. He followed it up with a straight-set takedown of Gianluca Mager of Italy, setting up an absorbing battle with the Canadian.

Nick Kyrgios withdrew from Wimbledon with an abdominal injury

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The match seemed to be living up to its billing, with Kyrgios racing to a 6-2 win in the opening set and Auger-Aliassime responding with a 6-1 rout of the Aussie in the second. However, it was at the end of the second set that the burly Australian picked up an abdominal injury and withdrew from the battle.

Speaking to reporters later, he said that he was planning on starting his recovery and rehabilitation process in the Bahamas and wasn’t sure of competing in the Tokyo Olympics.

Kyrgios apart, the other top players in the City Open main draw include Kei Nishikori, reigning Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz, Grigor Dimitrov, Karen Khachanov, Auger-Aliassime, and Denis Shapovalov.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz reacts during his fourth round match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Hubert Hurkacz has reached his maiden Wimbledon quarter-final

With Iga Swiatek falling to in-form Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the last-16, Hurkacz remains Poland’s only remaining title hope in the men’s draw.

The Pole reached his maiden Wimbledon quarter-final with a five-set takedown of current World No. 2 Daniil MedvedevThe fourth-round fixture, played over two days because of wet weather, saw Hurkacz turn the match around on the second day to eventually prevail in five sets. He will play Roger Federer for a place in the semi-final on Wednesday.

Shapovalov has similarly had his best run on grass and in a Grand Slam, winning emphatically against two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to reach the second week at All England.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov reacts during his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber REUTERS/Paul Childs

He followed it up with another thumping win over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to book passage into the last-eight. The Canadian will play Russian Karen Khachanov for a place in the semifinals on Wednesday.

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Those leading the American challenge in the men’s draw at Washington are big-servers John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz, and Frances Tiafoe. Rounding off the draw is left-handed British tennis star, Cameron Norrie.

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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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