The start of the new season has not been great for Nick Kyrgios, winning just one match in Brisbane and bowing out in the first round of the Australian Open following a straight sets loss to Milos Raonic. The Australian gave his best against the better-ranked opponent but he couldn't stay in touch, failing to create a break point and losing serve twice from seven opportunities he gave to Milos after a minor knee injury that reduced his efficiency.
Nick was not in the Australian Davis Cup team against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Adelaide this weekend, flying to Dallas instead where he trained with Texas A&M squad under the legendary coach Steve Denton. As was expected, Nick has entered the doubles draw at this week's RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas, ready to compete at his sixth Challenger in a career outside singles and just the second after 2014, losing in the opening round of Surbiton with Jackson Withrow last June.
Nick will forge a team with Mitchell Krueger and they will face the second seeds Andrei Vasilevski and Romain Arneodo. On the other side of the draw, the crowd will have the opportunity to watch another high-profile singles star, with the Dallas resident John Isner playing his first Challenger in almost ten years with a good friend Alex Kuznetsov who retired a few years ago.
After a poor run in the last 12 months, Kyrgios dropped outside the top-60 for the first time since August 2014 and he will use Dallas Challenger to test his abilities before more serious tasks in Rotterdam, Delray Beach, Acapulco and Indian Wells. The Aussie has won four ATP titles so far but just one after 2016 when he was ranked 13th.