play in 2022 Miami Masters through a placeholder, Nick Kyrgios started the tournament well with a 7-6(3), 6-3 win Adrian Mannarino. The Australian is currently ranked 102nd in the world and would need a good two weeks in Miami to break back into the top 100.
Nick has not had a great start to his season as he tested positive for Covid-19 days before his season debut, causing him to skip all Tour events and start straight at the Australian Open 2022. At the Major, he lost to eventual runners-up in the second round Daniel Medvedev while winning the doubles title with his childhood pal Thanasi Kokkinakiswon his first Grand Slam title.
He did not play in February and returned straight 2022 Indian Wells Masters where he reached the quarterfinals before being knocked out by Rafael Nadal who finished second a few days later. However, the Indian Wells run took him up 30 rankings and made him world No. 102 before coming to Miami.
During the match against Mannarino, Kyrgios was seen arguing with the chair umpire during the changeover and seemed furious at the tournament venue change from Key Biscayne to Miami Gardens, where the tournament has been held since 2019.
“The worst idea was moving it from Key Biscayne… why did they move it… what was wrong with the event… what was wrong with Key Biscayne. Perfect tournament in Key Biscayne, they should have left it there. What Was Wrong With Key Biscayne, Why Did We Postpone It? Worst idea ever” said Kyrgios, as reported by journalist John Horn.
Nick Kyrgios is playing at Miami Gardens for the second time
The Miami Open was played Key Biscayne in Crandon Park from 1987 to 2018 and was the longest-serving venue for the tournament, which began in 1985. However, with the change of ownership, the tournament was sold to IMG. With the new organizers planning to expand the tournament, Crandon Park was not found suitable for a possible expansion.
The tournament also found itself caught up in a legal battle over the land and construction of the site, and the surface was also one of the slowest on the tour, with long rallies played between players. With these things in mind, the tournament decided to move to the current location of the Hard Rock Stadium in the Miami Gardens where the tournament will be held from 2019.
With Nick’s anger justified only by the fact that the new location has no historical significance, it will be interesting to see if more players join the Australian and express similar views. Playing at the Miami Masters for the fourth time, Nick played his first three appearances at Crandon Park, where he reached the semifinals on the first two occasions (2016, 2017) before losing in the fourth round in 2018.
He was defeated again in 4th round in 2019 while making his debut at Miami Gardens and this is his second appearance at the new venue and his 5th of the tournament where he continues his quest for his first title. Nick will now take 6th place with his win over Adrian Andrei Rublev in the second round in what promises to be an exciting duel between the two in-form players.
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