Nick Kyrigos has credited fans support in his welcome back to tennis after nearly a year off court with the Australian also pleased with his own mental discipline..

The player who spent almost all of 2020 holed up at home in Canberra as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down tennis for five spring and summer months, made a winning return on Tuesday at the Murray River Open.

He reached the second round with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) defeat of No. 209 Alexandre Muller of France, firing 22 aces at Melbourne Park.

“It was a strange one, to be out there again playing a competitive match,” the 47th-ranked winner said.

“Obviously playing with no crowd would have been strange for me. I’m very lucky that there was a lot of crowd there today.

“It was actually a lot of fun to be out there again, and obviously good to win.

“I just wanted to see what my body would do, and it actually did pretty well.

Kyrgios said dropping the first set was no drama.

“When I lost it I never really panicked. I was actually just still finding my feet honestly.

“I thought I was serving reasonably, but nowhere near by best. My
attitude was okay – I kept that pretty calm.

“I was nice to myself. I was like, ‘Look, you lost a set, your first set back and you’re playing a guy who has nothing to lose really.'”

Main photo:- Nick Kyrgios winning first round Murray River match – by Tennis Australia ©

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