Nick Kyrgios discusses the decision to replace Marcos Giron in the Washington debut.

Nick Kyrgios expressed his gratitude for being able to defeat Marcos Giron in straight sets while stating that he desperately wanted to get off to a strong start in Washington. Having lost in the first round of the competition last year in Washington, Kyrgios began this year’s version with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Giron.

Earlier this year, Kyrgios was struggling and his campaign in Washington was not particularly successful. Kyrgios, the 2019 Washington champion, is feeling much better right now as he easily defeated Giron in straight sets in the opening round.

Kyrgios remarked after defeating Giron, “I came out a bit slow, obviously very different conditions to Wimbledon.” “I also believe it was a little amount of anxiousness. The 2019 competition was won by myself. Knowing that I didn’t perform well here last year — I lost in the first round and was going through a particularly difficult period of my life — after seeing my name shown on the stadium’s signage.

Simply said, I’m overjoyed to be here with my team and to have the love and support of the public. Just being out here playing some quality tennis makes me very happy.”

Kyrgios acknowledges his friends and family.

The Atlanta Open doubles this week was won by Kyrgios and his close buddy Thanasi Kokkinakis last week.

Currently, Kyrgios and Jack Sock are vying for the Washington doubles championship. Kokkinakis and Sock, according to Kyrgios, are more than just his doubles partners; he also credits his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi, who has been traveling with him to tournaments all year.

“Having guys like Jack and Thanasi, these guys are much more than friends for me,” Kyrgios added. “They know I would sacrifice anything for them. Both they and I have been there for the other. I cannot express my gratitude to those men sufficiently.

My physiotherapist, closest friend, and my girlfriend. I just can’t give those men enough credit because without them, I really wouldn’t be here.”