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'I didn't miss tennis or the players' says Nick Kyrgios ahead of return

Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open

The ever-controversial Nick Kyrgios has said that he didn't miss tennis or the other players on the tour during his self-imposed break from the sport.

Kyrgios decided to take a sabbatical from tennis through the disrupted coronavirus-hit season and hasn't played competitively since February 2020.

The Australian won't compete in the ATP Cup this year, as he dropped into third place in his country rankings behind Alex de Minaur and John Millman.

Instead Kyrgios will make his return at the upcoming Australian Open, although he admits it hasn't been the easiest year for him.

"I'm not going to lie. I didn't miss the game that much," said Kyrgios.

"I'm a competitor. I compete with everything I do. I was playing computer games, that kind of stuff, getting my little competitive edge there. I didn't really miss the game at all.

"I don't miss too many people on tour to be honest, apart from all the Australian guys and a couple of good friends.

"It was a bit of a task to get out there, get in the routine of things. Wake up and say, 'Look, we got the Australian Open around the corner, let's put some work in'. It wasn't so easy."

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"In my time off, I wasn't thinking about tennis at all. I was going through a couple off-court things.

"My mum was not so healthy. I was focusing on things that actually matter to me personally. Tennis to me is not my top priority."

Kyrgios says the break has helped him focus again though, and he's ready to take on the challenge.

"I feel mentally completely refreshed, ready to go again," Kyrgios added.

"I feel like I am playing well and am ready to go. Everyone is really playing it by ear. Nobody really knows who is in form and who is not.

"I'm going to take it day by day and try to enjoy myself as much as I can."

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