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Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios advance to the second round in Atlanta with a straight-sets win against Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Divij Sharan.

Opelka and Sinner also advance

Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock did not step on court until nearly midnight Monday evening in Atlanta due to rain. But once they did, the close friends wasted little time getting the job done.

The Australian-American team defeated Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and India’s Divij Sharan 6-1, 6-3 in 50 minutes to reach the second round of the Truist Atlanta Open.

“I have such great memories here and I love playing here,” Kyrgios said in an on-court interview. “Obviously [Jack is] one of my best mates, not just on the tennis court, but in my life. I hadn’t seen him in forever… It’s just good to be back out here to be honest, and we’re having so much fun, so it’s good.”

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This was the pair’s first match together since the 2019 Laver Cup, where they beat Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Kyrgios and Sock triumphed in Lyon together in 2018.

Another tandem of singles stars also advanced Monday, when Reilly Opelka and Jannik Sinner ousted second seeds Jonathan Erlich and Santiago Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2. In the day’s other doubles match, Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela beat wild cards Keshav Chopra and Andres Martin 6-1, 6-4.

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