Nick Kyrgios has a major DC return as he wins Citi Open singles and doubles titles

Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios has become the first person to win the Citi Open men’s singles and doubles titles in the same year.

It was a triumphant return to the US capital for the Aussie, where he lifted the men’s singles trophy for his last ATP Tour title in 2019, before being eliminated in the first round of last year’s tournament.

Kyrgios, who lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets at the All England Club last month, needed just 81 minutes to defeat his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3.

He returned to Stadium Court at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center a short time later to help American Jack Sock defeat fourth-placed duo Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 7-5, 6-4.

In singles, the 27-year-old lost just one set in five matches, kept his serve and led the tournament with 96 aces, including 12 against Nishioka.

“It’s just very emotional for me,” said Kyrgios after the individual final.

“To see where I’ve been from last year so far, it’s just an incredible transformation. I just came out with great energy. I knew I had experience on my side today. I love this pitch, I’ve played so many good matches here, so I’m just really happy with myself.

“I’ve been in some really dark places. Just to be able to turn it around… There are so many people who have helped me get there, but I myself have shown serious strength to just keep going and persevering and getting through all of these times and still being able to perform bring and win tournaments like this.”

The Canberra product appears to be on track to earn singles places for the US Open, which begins August 29 in New York. The DC win puts him at No. 37 in the world, with the top 32 largely protected from facing a top opponent in the first round in queens.

He next meets Argentina’s Sebastian Baez in the first round of the Montreal Open, but expressed his gratitude to Washington before leaving town.

“What a great day,” he said in a video posted to social media.

“Thank you to the city of Washington, Washington fans, you are amazing and I can’t wait to see you next year.” Nick Kyrgios has a major DC return as he wins Citi Open singles and doubles titles

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