Mercurial Kyrgios marches past Kohlschreiber in French Open

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

The red stuff isn't to everyone's liking.

The 22-year-old dual grand slam quarter-finalist is confident the injury won't linger long-term.

Tursunov might have an ally in Nick Kyrgios.

In his first grand slam outing with Grosjean in his box, Kyrgios cracked 20 aces and 40 winners to outclass Philipp Kohschreiber 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 in an impressive start to his French Open campaign.

The longer rallies aren't for the routinely headline-making Australian, and besides, his vehicle needs a good clean after practicing on it. Voicing their disapproval of playing at Wimbledon, former No. 1 players Ivan Lendl, Marat Safin and Marcelo Rios all stated "grass is for cows" or some minor variant. It's the first time since 2011 that as few as two Americans got to the second round in Paris. Kyrgios has won five of his last eight matches on clay court. As such, players must learn to construct points instead of quickly blasting past opponents.

Lokoli later said Klizan was the one who did not respect him because he kept simulating injuries throughout their match.

To be fair to Kyrgios, he has had success on clay, making a final in his young career in Estoril, Portugal and upsetting Roger Federer in Madrid.


That part of his anatomy - not the tender hip that has bothered him on and off in recent months - is the area that will receive the most scrutiny as the imposing and often volatile Australian moves through the draw in Paris.

"I took Rome off but I had tournaments to get ready for so it's not really the right rest that it needs".

The match didn't last that long but Kyrgios found time to argue with the chair umpire over a call for more than a minute. "We'll see", del Potro said. He's the type of guy that cares about my well-being first rather than just tennis results.He knows I need my space at times and he knows how to deal with me.

Playing at the clay-court major for the first time since 2012, del Potro won an all-Argentine contest against qualifier Guido Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. I mean, I have no problem with gay marriage at all.

If the seedings hold, del Potro and Murray will meet in the third round, a mouthwatering prospect given their two tussles in 2016 were classics.

Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan recorded a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

After losing to Martin Klizan of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-3, 4-6, 0-6, 6-4 in the first round at Roland Garros, wild-card entry Laurent Lokoli of France skipped the usual sign of sportsmanship.


Much to the dismay of the fans on center court, play was subsequently halted due to darkness.

That summed up ninth seed Alexander Zverev after a dizzying 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 defeat by Fernando Verdasco.

When asked what made the difference, the 20-year-old Rome victor didn't hold back. In Rome I played fantastic, I won the tournament.

Seventh seed Johanna Konta was knocked out of the French Open against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei in the first round on Tuesday.

The women's favorite, Halep last week wasn't sure she would play her opener.

A recent ankle injury didn't appear to be troubling the No. 3 seed as Halep raced to a 6-2, 6-3 victory in just 67 minutes.


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