Look out for Nick Kyrgios at U.S. Open

U.S. Open – Kyrgios a threat in depleted field

Nick Kyrgios

If you’re looking for a sleeper who could go far at this year’s U.S. Open, look no further than Nick Kyrgios.

Indeed, the 27-year-old Australian has been playing the best tennis of his career of late and could challenge the favorites for the title in the tennis year’s fourth and final major, especially with three-time tourney champ Novak Djokovic sitting it out due to his vaccination status and four-time winner Rafael Nadal injured.

In July, Kyrgios made it past the quarterfinal in a Grand Slam for the first time in his career with his loss to Djokovic in a hotly contested final at Wimbledon. He followed that up in August by becoming the first person to win the men’s singles and doubles titles (with partner John Sock) at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. He’s also made semifinals in singles at Houston, Stuttgart and Halle and won doubles titles with Thomas Kokkinakis in the Australian Open and at Atlanta.

Of course, at Flushing Meadows his singles record is less impressive, having made it only as far as the third round four times. But with his powerful serve and his hot hand, Kyrgios might be a better bet than his No. 37 ranking might indicate.

He’ll face a field expected to include top-ranked players Carlos Alcazar, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Andrey Rublev and World No. 1 and defending tourney champ Daniil Medvedev when the 2022 U.S. Open airs for two weeks on ESPN and ESPN2 from USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., beginning Monday, Aug. 29.

Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios

Birth date: April 27, 1995

Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

Height/weight: 6 feet 4 inches/187 pounds

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2013

ATP rank: 37

Honors and achievements: 2022 Australian Open doubles title; 2016 Hopman Cup champion; won singles titles at Marseille, Atlanta and Tokyo (2016), the Cincinnati Masters (2017), Brisbane (2018), Acapulco and Washington (2019)

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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