Education at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for the upcoming 2022 Indian Wells Masters, Nick Kyrgios hit the pitch with a French veteran Gael Monfils It was a good session for both the great shooters and two of the unique personalities currently on the tour.
Kyrgios is currently ranked 132nd in the world given his poor season in 2021, which was fraught with injuries and poor results. Having also skipped tournaments in 2022, Kyrgios has fallen out of the top-100 on the leaderboard and had to apply for a wildcard to enter Indian Wells, followed by the 2022 Miami Masters.
Kyrgios will return to action for the first time since his campaign Australian Open 2022 where he lost in the second round in singles to Daniil Medvedev but won the doubles title with a childhood pal Thanasi Kokkinakis to capture his first ever Grand Slam title. After losing his training match against Monfils, Nick tried his luck against 8-year-old boy Ethan.
In a video shared by Ethan’s family, the 8-year-old could be seen trading shots with the Grand Slam champion, who displayed a series of shots at a very young age. After some forehand changes, Ethan ran to the net to take Nick’s dropball and fired another forehand at the Aussie, who didn’t get to him in time as his shot slammed into the net, giving the boy the point.
Nick Kyrgios returns to Indian Wells after 3 years
Nick last played at Indian Wells in 2019 when he was defeated in the second round in a shocking result. He had reached the quarterfinals in 2018 but had to give up a bye Roger Federer who awaited him in the quarterfinals. With the 2020 edition being canceled and the 2021 edition being played in October last year due to the pandemic, Nick missed out on that too, having already ended his season due to injury.
As for Monfils, he’s also on the hunt for his first title at Indian Wells after making his tournament debut in 2005. The French veteran reached the 4th round in the 2021 Indian Wells before losing Alexander Zverev. While Monfils waits in Indian Wells for his first-round opponent, who will compete as a qualifier, Kyrgios starts against Argentina Sebastian Bass in his first game since January.
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