Tennis news today: Nick Kyrgios granted a wildcard for the Cincinnati Open, Iga Swiatek thanks fans for turning out in large numbers for his charity match
Wimbledon 2022 runner-up Nick Kyrgios was recently announced as the latest wildcard recipient for the upcoming Cincinnati Open. World number one Iga Swiatek, who organized a charity match for the benefit of the Ukrainian women, thanked the fans for coming out to support her initiative in large numbers.
Former top 20 player Xavier Malisse has joined Sebastian Korda’s side, although they didn’t get off to a good start as the American lost in the first round of the Atlanta Open. Dominic Thiem received a wildcard for the Winston Salem Open, which will be held the week before the US Open.
Sofia Kenin, who has been sidelined with injury for the past four months, played in an exhibition match at the Atlanta Open ahead of her official return to the tour next week. She lost to Coco Gauff in straight sets.
Here is a summary of the day’s headlines:
Nick Kyrgios gets a wildcard to compete in the Cincinnati Open
Wimbledon 2022 runner-up Nick Kyrgios has been announced as one of the first Cincinnati Open wildcard recipients. The Aussie’s ranking wasn’t high enough to warrant direct entry, a position he wouldn’t have been in had he earned points for his run at Wimbledon.
He is currently competing in the Atlanta Open and will face Peter Gojowczyk in the first round.
American JJ Wolf also received a generic entry. The tournament will take place from August 13 to 21.
Iga Swiatek expresses gratitude to fans for supporting his charity match
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek recently hosted a charity match, with all proceeds going to those involved in Ukraine. The event was a huge success and she took to social media to express her thanks for turning out in such large numbers to show their support.
“It’s amazing. Saturday in Krakow I discovered how powerful sport is in connecting people and how much we can achieve to help others when we use it wisely. Thank you for the support. Thank you Agnieszka, Sergiy, Martyn, Andriy, Elina for being here,” Swiatek said.
Together we have helped many children and teenagers, and not only them, because we have reminded the world that the war is still there, in Ukraine. Many thanks to my team, in particular to Paula Wolecka for the idea, the heart and the strength to make it happen. I am proud, happy and touched. It was a good day. Alright,” she added.
Swiatek is now turning his attention to professional competition. She is the top seed at the Polish Open and will face Magdalena Frech in the first round.
Xavier Malisse joins Sebastian Korda’s team
Sebastian Korda has added former top-20 player Xavier Malisse to his coaching staff for the current hardcourt swing. Their partnership got off to a disappointing start as the American lost to Taro Daniel in the first round of the Atlanta Open. It was Korda’s first match after a month-long injury break.
Dominic Thiem will participate in the Winston Salem Open
2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem has accepted a wildcard to compete in the Winston Salem Open, the final tournament before the start of the US Open. He is currently taking part in the Kitzbühel Open, after which he will take a two-week break.
Thiem’s next tournament will be the Cincinnati Open, followed by the Winston Salem Open and the US Open.
Sofia Kenin bows out to Coco Gauff in Atlanta
Sofia Kenin was injured and hasn’t played in a tournament since the Indian Wells Open in March. As she’s set to make her return to the Citi Open next week, she recently competed in an exhibition match at the Atlanta Open, where she lost to Coco Gauff in straight sets.
The 2020 Australian Open champion is far from her best, but exhibition matches are hardly a true indicator of her form. Nevertheless, she has her work cut out if she wants to find her best level.