Over the next couple of weeks, we will have the opportunity to judge the effectiveness of the anger management couseling Nick Kyrgios underwent to shorten his ATP-imposed ban from late in 2016.
Kyrgios has made it through the first round with flying colours, beating Gastao Elia of Portugal in a lopsided straight set win where he surrendered only five games.
Kyrgios needed an easy outing and could benefit from several more as he tries to avoid expending excessive amounts of energy on qualifiers and low ranked opposition, and in the bargain, protect his fragile knee that he tweaked doing a LeBron James imitation on the basketball court.
Kyrgios’ viewed the first round outcome of conforming exactly to his strategy in his attempt to get through the first week of the 2017 Australian Open, the first of the year’s four Grand Slam Majors, without getting banged and nicked along the way, as he has in years gone by.
It was just the sixth time for the veteran Elias to make an appearance in the main draw of a major, and his tactical game that works adequately at the lower levels of tennis is really no threat to any of the elite men.