In 2014, then 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios stormed into the quarter-finals on Church Road. In the following two years he made it to the round of 16. But then it was over in the third round at the latest.
Last year Kyrgios had to give up in the round of the top 32 against Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Will the big coup work this time? His world ranking position doesn’t really indicate that. Because Kyrgios is currently only number 78 in the world, which is also due to the fact that he has not played many tournaments this year.
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After all, he made it to the quarterfinals in the Masters in Miami and then reached the round of 16 in Indian Wells. However, the 27-year-old experienced the highlight of the season so far in doubles: At the Australian Open, he was crowned Grand Slam champion together with Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Kyrgios: “Something was different this year”
So far he has also drawn a positive conclusion about his year 2022: “Something was just different this year. I played five or six tournaments and did pretty well in pretty much every one I played and met many of the top players in the world defeated this year.”
From his point of view, 2022 is a “year of resurgence”, according to the right-hander. “I just go out there and show people that I don’t have to go out there and play all the time, [dass] I can still be at the top of the game. I just enjoy it and do it my way,” Kyrgios explained of his current approach.
Kyrgios: “A lot of children and people look up to me”
His role as a role model also seems to motivate him. “I play for a lot of people. I feel like I can be counted on,” said Kyrgios, emphasizing: “A lot of kids and people look up to me when I play. When someone like me can make it this far and achieving what I’ve achieved, I think it gives them a lot of hope.”
Of course, at the age of 27, the professional from Canberra openly admitted that he also had to provide “a little money”, but having fun is his priority. “The tennis tour, traveling around the world, it’s a very nice lifestyle. I want to enjoy it while I can,” he explained.
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