Australian Open Champion Angelique Kerber lost a shock in the first round and put the blame on her two-week tough quarantine

The 2016 Australian Open winner admitted she may not have traveled to Melbourne after the game if she had known the extent of the lockdown

“Looking back, of course, I didn’t plan the two-week hard quarantine I don’t know, maybe I would think twice if I knew that beforehand to really stay in the hard quarantine for two weeks without hitting a ball “She said

“But I tried to use the motivation for this tournament too, because it is one of my favorite tournaments”Of course I knew that we play with a little fans, which is always so different from playing without fans. It’s a lot more fun to play tennis out there. That was my motivation

“But if I knew the real situation before my trip, I might think twice about coming here”

Kerber was one of the many tennis players who was forced into a two-week quarantine after arriving in Australia on a flight with a COVID positive case

Kerber couldn’t win a game and didn’t score a single winner in the first set against the unset American Bernarda Pera

Pera opened a 3-0 lead in the second set before the 23rd Seed hit back

But the damage was done when Pera scored a 6-06-4 shock victory

Kerber said she had no “rhythm” against Pera, who was allowed to practice during her stay in quarantine

“I really tried to stay positive and get the best out of the two week situation,” she said

“But of course you feel it, especially when you play a real match where it matters and play your first matches in a Grand Slam, even against an opponent who does not remain in a tough lockdown””

Firebrand Nick Kyrgios says he played “pretty average” when he won in straight sets against the world number 1185 Frederico Ferreira Silva

Kyrgios overcame a slow start and beat the Portuguese Ferreira Silva in 119 minutes 6: 4: 6: 4: 6: 4

World Nr47 used a number of break point opportunities in the first set, but his overall class and powerful serve turned out to be too much for Ferreira Silva

“I haven’t played a Grand Slam match in over a year, I was very nervous about going out here,” he revealed after the game

“I knew I couldn’t produce anywhere near my best tennis, but he’s a tricky player

“He’s obviously confident he qualified, I’ve played juniors with him and it looks like he’s going to develop into a good player

Bernard Tomic has scored his first victory in a Grand Slam tournament since July 2018 after his opponent retired injured

At the urging of his court trainer – Love Island Love Interest Vanessa Sierra – and his father John, Tomic fought back after a nervous start

Tomic had lost the first set against the Japanese Yuichi Sugita, but won the second and was leading 4-1 in the third when the call came

“But the second and third was one of the best tennis games I’ve played in a while

“Am I a little excited? Probably not, but it’s good to be back at that level

The French Gael Monfils is moved to tears after his “nightmare” in the first round at the Australian Open

Monfils lost five times to Emil Ruusuvuori 3: 6: 6: 4: 7: 5: 3: 6: 6: 3, which means that he has not won a game since February 2020

The emotional fan favorite fought back tears, revealing that he would rely on his mother’s advice in the future

“(She’d say) you have to keep training and it will come back, that’s the thing,” he revealed

“I have no confidence I would like to get out of this nightmare, but I can’t

“I don’t know when it will end It’s hard Every time I’m here I feel judged and lost again I can’t serve, I play badly I’m honest and it will take time”

In 2004, Monfils achieved the rare feat of winning three Junior Grand Slams in one calendar year and was crowned World Youth Champion of the International Tennis Federation

But since then he hasn’t made it over the last four in a Grand Slam

Ruusuvuori may have had unexpected glimpses of the Frenchman’s game in the last few weeks, having been Monfils’ practice partner during a mandatory quarantine period after arriving in Australia last month

Australian John Millman fell in the first round despite the bizarre outbursts of his French opponent Corentin Moutet

Moutet, 21, received an unsportsmanlike conduct warning after throwing his racket, but also questioned phone calls and bizarrely told the referee not to “watch” him anymore

He also appeared to be trying to take a nap, serving under the arms during the five-sentence epic he put 6-4 7-6 3-6 6-2 6-3 in just under four hours

Taylor Fritz (27), USA, def Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6)

Alexander Zverev (6), Germany, def Marcos Giron, USA, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-2

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