Thu, Aug 31, 11:17am by Head Editor
World Number 18 Nick Kyrgios’ horror Grand Slam form has continued, losing in the first round for the second Grand Slam in a row.
Since losing in the second round at both the Australian and French Open’s, the Canberra-native retired at Wimbledon in the opening round, and then lost this match to compatriot John Millman, who is ranked some 100 places lower than him.
The 22-year-old then went on to admit in the post-match press conference that he’s “had a diabolical year at these slams.”
“It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks. It’s just a rollercoaster.”
While those quotes have been heard before it was this one that really got the attention of the media: ““I’m not dedicated to the game at all.
That remark is incredibly similar to another great Australian Tennis talent – Bernard Tomic – who admitted at Wimbledon that he was “bored”.
John Millman moves on to play the unseeded Tunisian Malek Jaziri ($2.82) in the second round, where the Aussie is a $1.40 favourite to move through to the third round of the US Open for the first time.
While Men’s tennis in Australia seems to be at an all-time low, Daria Gavrilova’s straight sets win over American Allie Kiick gave the Aussie women their best combined start to a US Open in more than 30 years.
The 6-2 6-1 win sees the 25th seed join Ash Barty, Arina Rodionova and Ajla Tomljanovic as first-round winners.
Day 3 was a big one, with tournament organisers scheduling 87 singles matches as they attempt to make up for the time lost to rain on day two, when only nine matches were completed.
Garbine Muguruza ($4.50) remains the favourite to take out the women’s title, ahead of Karolina Pliskova ($6.50), while Roger Federer – who survived a five-set marathon against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, is a $3 top pick to hold the trophy aloft for the fifth time.
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