Tennis News: Nick Kyrgios stuns fans with ‘Martian’ return in tense tie with Basilashvili | Tennis | sport
Nick Kyrgios wowed fans at the Stuttgart Open as he produced an exquisite crossover return to help overturn his draw against Nikoloz Basilashvili. The Australian came back from a set to beat his opponent in the quarter-finals.
The Sensational Blow pleased the audience, while Kyrgios reacted with his usual nonchalant attitude.
Although talent has never been an issue for the 27-year-old, attitude issues and injuries have somewhat stifled his career. He fell to 78th in the world this year in a career that has seen him regularly challenge the best in tennis, reaching a career high of 13th in 2016.
It looks like he is back to his best before the Wimbledon Championships at the end of the month. The tournament will hold a special place in Kyrgios’ memory after beating Rafael Nadal on his way to the quarter-finals of his breakout tournament.
Those present in Stuttgart were treated to an impressive display from Kyrgios as he came from a set to beat 5th seed Basilashvili 6-7 6-4 6-3. A crossover throwback was particularly eye-catching with one Twitter user describing the Aussie as a ‘Martian’.
However, attitude issues continued to tarnish the Australian’s performance. The star spent much of the match berating anyone who would listen, including the referee, the officials and even himself. It ended up being irrelevant as he won.
Kyrgios suffered another stoppage-start in 2022 with a run to the quarter-finals of Indian Wells matched with a knockout early in the second round in his home Grand Slam. However, he managed to find success in men’s doubles alongside partner Thanasi Kokkinakis, winning as a wildcard couple. The pair pulled off the feat of becoming the first-ever men’s doubles pair to win the tournament as wildcard picks.
He chose not to participate in Roland-Garros as he has done for four years. The Slam comes during the busy summer season where the 27-year-old often spends months away from home. He often makes the decision to take time off from the tournament in order to spend some quality time at home with his girlfriend before returning to the circuit.
“We decided to go home and have that time,” he explained. make sure that circle stays tight.”
Kyrgios has made a promising start to his preparations for Wimbledon and he is sure to be a big draw for the spectators. The Australian hopes to be able to build on his performance in Stuttgart to go far in SW19.