After Kyle Edmund, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev, a former world no. 13 Nick Kyrgios has decided to skip the first ATP 500 tournament of the season in Rotterdam next week, moving Robin Haase into the main draw and making his wild card available for some other player.
Kyrgios played Dallas Challenger this week to test his knee, losing in the opening round of doubles with Mitchell Krueger before announcing he is not ready to compete in Europe. As we already said, Nick's withdrawal opened the spot for Robin Haase who is now able to compete in the main draw directly, clearing the last wild card for the 22-year-old Tallon Griekspoor.
The world no. 213 has played five ATP matches so far, the most recent one during the weekend against the Czech Republic, and he will compete in the main draw of the home ATP 500 event for the third year in a row. Back in 2017, Gilles Muller took down Tallon 6-3, 6-2 in just 55 minutes before returning stronger last year, toppling Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for the career-best win and the place in the second round where he lost to a compatriot Rovin Haase after winning just four games.
Griekspoor opened the season with the semi-final run in Koblenz Challenger before losing in the first qualifying round in Melbourne and against Jiri Vesely in Davis Cup. "That is a bit of luck around this unfortunate news.
It allows us to give an extra spot to a Dutch player. Tallon Griekspoor participates in Rotterdam for the third time. Last year he was responsible for one of the main upsets by defeating Stan Wawrinka, so who knows what we can expect from him this year," said Richard Krajicek.