New York – in one breath, Nick Kyrgios He talks about heading into the US Open with as much confidence and good play as ever, having finished second at Wimbledon and some solid results on the hard courts in recent weeks.
In the next mystery, ranked 23, Kyrgios says he can’t wait for his stay at the Flushing Meadows arc to end – perhaps as soon as Monday night, when he faces his “good buddy”, fellow Australian and doubles partner. Thansi Kokinakis – So he can go home to the other side of the world.
Asked what he will get in the race at the All England Club in July, Kyrgios said: “Confidence in myself to be able to do this over two weeks. Staying in one place for two to three weeks can be stressful. I know I can do it and do it.” Doing things the right way and taking every training session, every recovery session, the right way, it’s confidence in the back of my mind. But also, I’m the kind of player that if I had won Wimbledon, I probably wouldn’t have played at the US Open.”
Kyrgios mentioned the difficulty of playing in a major tournament so far away from home, saying “a big part of me just wants the US Open to end so I can go home.”
“It’s brutal not to be able to enjoy your bed or family normally for so long, and then have to deal with all of this,” Kyrgios said, according to the Guardian. “The media, the fans, the training, the matches, the pressure, especially on my spectrum as well – it’s not normal. So it’s hard. It’s really tough so I definitely feel very tired. After Wimbledon, I didn’t even have time to enjoy it.”
“…everyone has to go home on the tour. They have to take a fancy little trip back home to reset themselves. There is no other kind of tennis player [who] He really understands that [homesickness] Apart from the Australians.”
His first-round match could otherwise be a much-anticipated highlight of Day One at the last Grand Slam of the year, along with his 2021 Men’s Championship appearance. Daniel Medvedev (against Stefan KozlovAnd the 2022 French Open Final Coco Guff (against Yulia Gangin) during the afternoon in Ashi.
The rest of Monday’s schedule will be overshadowed by the competition leading up to Kyrgios against Kokkinakis at night: the 23-time main champ Serena Williamsin what could be the last singles match of her career, against Danka Kovinich. Kyrgios, of course, knows how important that is, although he doesn’t expect to watch any of it while he’s ready to play.
“It’s obviously a very special moment for her,” he said. “Probably the greatest ever.” “Whether or not we see anyone living the profession they have? I don’t think that’s possible.”
His career is somewhat unique.
Not in the same kind of pretty impressive results, keep in mind. But the way he carries himself on the court – from shots between the legs to confrontations with opponents, chair judges or fans – is far from normal.
At Wimbledon, where he crossed the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time before losing to Novak Djokovic In a four-set final, there was a lot of serving and big forehands, as always.
Also, though, there was a $10,000 fine for spitting in a spectator’s direction, which is against Stefanos Tsitsipas During and after the match (Tsitsipas said Kyrgios has a “very evil side” and accused him of “constant bullying”) he spoke of a woman in the stands that Kyrgios said was drunk (which recently brought him on a case saying so). And over the past two weeks, news has emerged from Australia about a court case still pending over an accusation of assaulting an ex-girlfriend.
Djokovic managed to grab multiple sides of Kyrgios with one lengthy answer at a press conference before the Central Court game last month, noting that he “looks, mentally, in better shape than he was, where he was, a few years ago.” He thrives on a big stage” and “has a lot of talent,” then concludes: “We know what has been going on for years with him mentally and emotionally; on and off the field, a lot of different things were distracting him and he wasn’t able to get that consistency.”
This last word is not often associated with the 27-year-old Kyrgios. It is convenient lately.
Since Wimbledon, when the Tour moved to the hard courts in North America in the run-up to Flushing Meadows, Kyrgios won the doubles title with the Kokkinakis in Atlanta (they were the doubles champions at the Australian Open in January), becoming the first man ever to win singles and doubles titles in The same year in Washington, then beat Medvedev on his way to the quarter-finals in Montreal, before fading out with a second-round loss to the American. Taylor Fritz in Cincinnati.
“I was mentally and physically exhausted. Mentally I wanted to go in there and do another good job; my body almost wouldn’t let me. It was like trying to get a lawn mower started after four or five times,” Kyrgios said. – My brother had a child; And my mom is sick. It’s hard to be away. It definitely weighs on me every day I’m on the road. I just want to go home, sort of. But I know this is an important event here, so I have to put them to the side. “
Some players will never admit to looking at the lottery to see what might happen down the road in the tournament. Kyrgios is not one of them.
He believes that he and Kokkinakis are placed in a “big section” of the category, “so any of us who come forward have a great chance of cashing in.”
However, Kyrgios added, “Whether I win or lose, it will be the same for me. … It’s a win for me. If I win, it means more money and another great result. If I lose, I get to go home.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story