How did the idea for Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas to play doubles together come up? The Greek player revealed it in an interview in Cincinnati. Tsitsipas and Kyrgios partnered up in Washington and now they will repeat it in Cincinnati.
“He asked by saying he wanted to play the ATP Cup for Greece", said Kyrgios. "He said he has a [Greek] passport, but I knew he was being sarcastic because he’s sarcastic 95 per cent of the time. He wanted to play doubles with me at Queen’s Club and I couldn’t, but we played at the Citi Open and now, here, in Cincinnati, so he’s become our official agent”.
Tsitsipas believes he makes a great duo with Kyrgios: “It’s the joy of being with a person who thinks differently and reacts differently. I would characterize him as someone who likes to amuse. I’m very serious and concentrated when I play, but he just has the style of speaking all the time.
It’s good sometimes to have a change." Meanwhile, in singles, Kyrgios who is in the top half of the draw won his first-round match against Italy's Lorenzo Sonego on Monday. The world No. 27 won 7-5, 6-4. In the second round, Kyrgios will play the eighth seed Karen Khachanov.
Khachanov received a bye in the first round. In the quarters, Kyrgios could play top seed and world No. 1, Novak Djokovic. The Australian leads their head-to-head 2-0. Djokovic will play Sam Querrey in the second round.