Nick Kyrgios vs Paul Jubb
June 28, 2022 12:15 pm EDT
The Line: Nick Kyrgios -1400 / Paul Jubb +800
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Nick Kyrgios will meet Paul Jubb in the First Round of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.
Enigmatic Aussie star Nick Kyrgios gets his Wimbledon campaign off to a start with a First Round encounter with Paul Jubb of Great Britain. Kyrgios is one of the best grass court players in the world when he is fully locked in and focused, but unfortunately it is very difficult to know when that will be. However, the world number 40 usually saves his best tennis for big events such as these, and his love for grass is well-known. He had a decent showing in the warm up events that he played ahead of Wimbledon, but it it will be interesting to see if he is still feeling lingering effects from the abdominal injury that he suffered in Mallorca. His explosive serve and groundstrokes should be more than too much for Paul Jubb to handle, but as always, it is mentally where Kyrgios will win or lose this match.
Paul Jubb is an up and coming English youngster with a seemingly bright future ahead of him. He has had a solid season this year so far, winning one title on the Challenger Tour and boasting a 20-12 record. He went 3-4 across the grass events, including Queen’s and Eastbourne. A win against Steve Johnson was notable but overall he did not seem as comfortable on the surface yet as he does on the hard courts. He has a very tricky game style, but it is unlikely that he will be able to sustain a high enough level to compete with Nick Kyrgios here. His only chance would be to hope for a classic Kyrgios meltdown, but it is unlikely to happen so early on.
The pair have never met before on the ATP Tour.
This should be a walk in the park for Nick Kyrgios, but it depends on how focused he is. He tends to run very hot and cold mentally, but it is unlikely that he will lose his cool enough to lose this match here so early in the event, and against someone so much lower ranked than him in Paul Judd. Even if the Aussie plays far below his capabilities, he should still have enough quality to overcome this challenge. Give me Kyrgios in straight sets.