Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios was overwhelmed in his first singles match since October after having knee surgical procedure.
The Australian, 28, misplaced 7-5 6-3 to China’s Wu Yibing within the opening spherical of the Stuttgart Open in Germany.
Elsewhere, American Venus Williams’ return to grass-court motion led to defeat by Celine Naef on the Libema Open within the Netherlands.
The 42-year-old former world primary misplaced 3-6 7-6 (6-3) 6-2 to Naef, 25 years youthful at 17 years previous.
Along with her sister Serena watching on within the crowd, Williams, who was handed a wildcard for the match, began brightly to take the primary set.
Naef took a intently fought second through the tie-break and she or he was then capable of ease by way of the ultimate set.
Williams was making her first aggressive look for the reason that Auckland Open in January, the place she reached the final 16 earlier than dropping to China’s Zhu Lin.
Williams has received seven Grand Slam singles titles – Wimbledon on 5 events and the US Open twice.
Kyrgios had not competed this season after having surgical procedure to restore a small tear in his left lateral meniscus in January.
“I wouldn’t say it was main surgical procedure, however I had fairly a severe surgical procedure on my knee,” Kyrgios stated on Saturday. “It’s taken me about 5 months to get again to even taking part in, transferring and [ready to play] in opposition to these gamers.
“It’s been tough, however at instances it’s been wonderful simply to be dwelling with my household.
“Tennis is a sport the place you journey a lot of the yr and being dwelling, for me, was vital. However seeing everybody [else] play wasn’t simple at instances. I’m simply tremendous excited that my knee is a bit higher and I’m capable of play now.”
Kyrgios reached his first Grand Slam singles closing at Wimbledon final July, dropping in 4 units to Novak Djokovic. This yr’s Wimbledon match begins on Monday, 3 July.