An unfortunate ending but it was fantastic to see Nick Kyrgios back on a tennis court and back at Wimbledon!

Wherever Nick Kyrgios is, the crowd will be there. He fills a stadium as do the greatest in the sport around the world.

His win over Ugo Humbert over five sets and the five settle battle with Dominic Thiem out on the John Cain Arena, one of the great cauldrons of tennis atmosphere showed his utter brilliance which has been missed.

Huge credit to the way he has come back having not travelled all year, he is made for these big stages across the globe. There is something about these courts and his interaction with fans which make him so watchable and likeable.

Nick plays great tennis, his tennis makes your imagination run wild, you’re in a trance watching him and he dares to things of utter brilliance and importantly has fun doing it!

Once again, Ugo Humbert. First match for Nick in about 18 weeks and he wins 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 9-7 in his first round match. 

His game delights but you also hold your breath at the risk, two sets all and trailing on serve 6-7 in the fifth at 30-30. Nick is potentially a point away from facing match point. A serve and a sliced half volley before a beautiful touch at the net, the risk was high but the reward was greater!

Not only have we been treated to him returning in singles but teaming up with Venus Williams in the mixed doubles, something Nick called a “dream come true for me.”

Mixed doubles is something I would love to see more of it in the sport, to see men and women from the same or different generations come together and have fun on the court is a wonderful feeling. 

Unfortunately for Nick it didn’t end the way we would have hoped in his singles draw, after winning the first set against Felix Auger Aliassime the Aussie asked for the trainer for an ab injury. In the second second his movement was slightly hampered and his first serve dropped and at a set a piece called it day and retired from the match. 

It is a sad way for his tournament to end for himself, the tournament and his fans there at Wimbledon or watching around the world. 

Hopefully it isn’t too long until we see Nick back on a court entertaining us as he has been missed but it’s been good to say, Welcome Back, Nick Kyrgios!

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