Nick Kyrgios suffered a career setback earlier this year from events that played out in Asia. The Australian seemed to tank a match at the 2016 Shanghai Masters this fall and the ATP suspended him accordingly. However, Kyrgios is back playing Tennis, albeit not in tour matches, as he is a part of the Singapore Slammers. His efforts on Saturday helped his team out, however, overall the Slammers were unable to get what would have been their first victory.

Nick Kyrgios partnered with Melo

The IPTL matches are broken into five sets, with each set played by different players. Kyrgios partnered up with Carmelo Melo to play a set of men's doubles.

He and Melo won the set 6-4, a result that contributed to the overall combined-games score from all sets played between the two teams. Despite Kyrgios and Melo going +2 on net games, the Slammers were edged out 26-25 by the Indian Aces. The Aces themselves featured Ivan Dodig and Feliciano Lopez in the men's doubles match.

Nick Kyrgios is expected to play on Sunday

Kyrgios is on the detailed match schedule for Sunday from Japan. The Slammers will face the host team, Kei Nishikori's Japan Warriors. It's not clear if Kyrgios will play doubles, singles, or even both as the event is more subject to change than tour events. However, the Aussie's name is alongside a short list of other players. That list includes Melo, Marcos Baghdatis, WTA player Kiki Bertens, and legends Carlos Moya and Rainer Schuettler.

Moya is arguably the most-proven men's player on the team. The 1998 French Open champion, who recently lost his coaching gig with Milos Raonic, made it to the world No. 1 ranking for a couple weeks of his career. However, the best players, women's or men's, on the Slammers is still an ace in the hole.

Serena Williams is part of the Slammers but she will not contest matches until the venue switches to a Singapore location in a few day's time. So far, without Williams, the Slammers have not enjoyed success. They take an 0-2 record into the third and final day from Tokyo. If they can get an upset win on Sunday over Kei Nishikori's team, then the Slammers would be back in contention with Williams joining them.

However, if they fall behind 0-3 then it would make it hard to finish top two and make the final on December 11th. Currently the league is led by Roger Federer's team, the Indian Aces.

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