26/02/2024

Jordan Thompson celebrates his first round win. Photo: Tennis Australia

Jordan Thompson has reached the second round of the Sydney Tennis classic, as Nick Kyrgios withdrew with COVID-19.

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Sydney Tennis Classic with COVID-19. Meanwhile, Jordan Thompson, Storm Sanders and Aleksandar Vukic were the big winners as the Australian summer of tennis continued.

Sydney Tennis Classic (ATP)

Jordan Thompson did not hit a double-fault on his way to victory over American Marcos Giron on Monday. The Aussie wildcard, one of Australia’s great hopes to go deep at the Australian Open, hit 21 winners as he dispatched Giron, 6-4 6-2.

Nick Kyrgios withdrew from his Monday evening battle with seventh seed Fabio Fognini just hours before it was scheduled to start. The entertaining Aussie announced, via Instagram, that he has been infected with COVID-19.

Kyrgios posted a story to his followers on Instagram on Monday afternoon.

“I just want to be open and transparent with everyone, the reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for Covid,” he wrote.

“I am feeling healthy at the moment with no symptoms.”

Kyrgios is unsure if he will play in next week’s Australian Open, which starts on Monday.

”If all goes well, I will see you all at the Australian Open,” said Kyrgios.

The Australian also pulled out of last week’s Melbourne Summer Set, citing asthma as the reason.

Christopher O’Connell made light work of Italian Stefano Travaglia in the final round of qualifying, 6-3 6-4. O’Connell will face fellow qualifier Sebastian Baez tomorrow for a spot in the second round.

In front of Australian actress Rebel Wilson, Alexei Popyrin and Matt Reid smashed Spanish pair Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez, 6-2 6-2.

Sydney Tennis Classic (WTA)

Priscilla Hon battled hard against Romanian Jaqueline Cristian. The 223rd-ranked Australian took her opponent, ranked 150 places higher, right to the limit in each set before going down 7-6(5) 7-5.

World No. 101 Astra Sharma played seventh seed Ons Jabeur on Ken Rosewall Arena. The Australian, who will play in next week’s Australian Open, went down, 6-1 6-3.

In the doubles, Isabella Bozicevic and Alexandra Osborne were unable to get any momentum in their encounter with Ekaterina Alexandrova and Natela Dzalamidze. The Russian pair made quick work of the Australians, winning 6-2 6-2 in just 55 minutes.

Alison Bai and Alicia Smith were unable to take the court and Japanese pair Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara won by default.

Adelaide International 2 (WTA)

Daria Saville was unable to recapture her strong form from last week, going down to 65th-ranked Croatian Ana Konjuh, 6-2 7-6(4) in their Round of 32 contest.

Qualifying for the Adelaide International 2 was still continuing on Monday, as Storm Sanders caused a huge boilover to make the main draw as she defeated former world No. 23 Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3 6-4.

Sanders will play a Round of 32 clash with Italian Jasmine Paolini tomorrow.

Madison Inglis and Olivia Tjandramulia were wiped out by the Swiss pairing of Viktorija Golubic and Jil Teichmann, 6-1 6-2.

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Adelaide International 2 (ATP)

Aleksandar Vukic upset Kazakhstani sixth seed Alexander Bublik, 7-6(5) 6-2, to reach the second round.

Vukic, ranked 160th in the world, capitalised when receiving, winning 58% of points on the 35th-ranked Bublik’s second serve. The Aussie wildcard will face the winner of Alex Bolt and Steve Johnson, who face off tomorrow.

John Millman faced Spain’s Jaume Munar in his first round encounter tonight, hoping to avenge his first round loss in Adelaide last week.

Unfortunately for Millman, he heads into the Australian Open next week on the back of back-to-back losses, going down to Munar, 6-2 6-2.

Despite winning the second set tiebreaker to love, Luke Saville was bundled out of the final round of qualifying to second seed Yoshihito Nishioka, 7-6(4) 6-7(0) 6-3.

In the doubles, Harry Bourchier and Brandon Walkin defeated compatriots Aaron Addison and Thomas Fancutt, 7-6(4) 6-3.

Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith will play Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi and Hugo Nys from Monaco on Monday night.

Australian Open qualifying

Kimberly Birrell has won her opening round Australian Open qualifying clash, defeating Marina Melnikova. The Australian was made to work, and won in three sets, 7-6(0) 3-6 6-1. Birrell, who famously made the third round of the Australian Open in 2019, will look to reach her third main draw in 2022.

Ellen Perez, Alexandra Bozovic, Charlotte Kempenters-Pocuz all suffered losses and miss out on the women’s main draw.

Jason Kubler dropped the first set against Italian Lorenzo Giustino, but managed to come-from-behind and dominated the final two sets. The world No. 206 took the encounter, 3-6 6-4 6-0.

After securing his first top-100 win last week, Rinky Hijikata entered the second round of qualifying with a strong 6-3 6-4 win over Mathias Bourgue.

World No. 486 Dane Sweeny battled past his French opponent 7-5 6-3, while world No. 990 Philip Sekulic defeated German Matthias Bachinger, 6-4 6-3.

Brisbane teenager Philip Sekulic secured a first round win. Photo: Tennis Australia

Max Purcell headlined the action on the brand new Kia Arena, and is through to the next round after defeating Russian Evgeny Donskoy.

James McCabe and Li Tu were the Aussie men to fail in their qualifying encounters.

Tomorrow, Bernard Tomic will make his long-awaited return to tennis as he attempts to qualify for the Australian Open.

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