Nick Kyrgios' 'ridiculous' moment in first match in two months

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Nick Kyrgios uncorked a brilliant passing shot against Jiri Lehecka at the Stuttgart Open.
Nick Kyrgios' first match in two months went off without a hitch, defeating Jiri Lehecka in straight sets at the Stuttgart Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

It might have been his first match in months, but Nick Kyrgios showed he hasn't lost any of his grasscourt flair with a moment of brilliance at the Stuttgart Open.

Kyrgios wasn't about to let his running social media war with Bernard Tomic distract him as he begins to gear up for Wimbledon, easing past Jiri Lehecka 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in 77 minutes.

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An arm wrestle of a match gave way in the second set as Kyrgios found his rhythm, capping off an impressive return performance with a moment of brilliance.

Lehecka almost had him beat down the baseline when Kyrgios uncorked a centimetre-perfect passing shot that fizzed just over the net.

The Czech star could do little but watch on as Kyrgios marched through to the second round, where he will face the winner of Lorenzo Musetti or Nikoloz Basilashvili, who resume on Wednesday with the Georgian ahead 7-5 4-2.

Kyrgios' last tour match came back in April at the ATP Houston event, where he went down to Reilly Opelka in the semi-final.

He wasn't the only Aussie in action in Stuttgart, with Chris O'Connell facing Andy Murray as the Scotsman preares for his long-awaited return to Wimbledon.

The Australian qualifier took a shock 3-0 lead in their first round match on Tuesday but the Scot came back to win 6-4 6-3.

O'Connell, world No.116, was coming off a run to the quarter-finals at Surbiton where he lost compatriot, and eventual winner, Jordan Thompson.

He also lost to Murray in Dubai in February, though then he took the former world No.1 to three sets.

Nick Kyrgios firing on grasscourts as Alja Tomljanovic wins

While Kyrgios found success in Stuttgart, Australia's highest ranked women's player, Ajla Tomljanovic, made an impressive start to her grasscourt season in Nottingham.

Last year's Wimbledon quarter-finalist was rarely troubled beating Xinyu Wang 6-4 6-4, winning a whopping 82 per cent of her first serves.

The fifth seed in Nottingham is now the highest ranked player in her quarter of the draw after the shock retirement of No.2 seed Emma Raducanu - who Tomljanovic beat at Wimbledon last year.

The 19-year-old had to quit seven games into her match against Viktorija Golubic with a side injury.

Playing her first match in her home country since she won the US Open in September Raducanu said she had "no idea" whether she will be fit for Wimbledon.

Ajla Tomljanovic's preparations for Wimbledon have started well, with a straight sets first round win in Nottingham. (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)
Ajla Tomljanovic's preparations for Wimbledon have started well, with a straight sets first round win in Nottingham. (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

"The first game, an absolute freak, I think I pulled something, I am not really sure what exactly happened," she said.

Raducanu, who has now retired in matches three times since winning in New York, added: "I need to get a scan first. I am not going to 'Google doctor' myself. I will get it checked out, then we will see from there.

In s-Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands, all four Australian women in the 32-player event were knocked out in the opening round.

Storm Sanders came back from 1-4 down in the tie-break to take a 64-minute first set against Elise Martens, but lost the next two sets to the Belgian No.8 seed 6-1 6-2.

Olivia Gadecki went down 3-6 6-4 4-6 to Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina, Taylah Preston lost similarly to home player Arianne Hartono, 4-6 6-3 4-6, and Daria Saville was beaten in straight sets 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 by American Catherine McNally.

With AAP

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