‘I know my game, I’m not scared of anyone,’ says Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios says despite people telling him he wasn’t prepared enough for Wimbledon, he has proven he can still compete against the top players.

Kyrgios has only played two tournaments since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, both of which were in Australia, the Australian Open and the warm-up event in Melbourne.

He made the decision not to travel outside of his home country due to safety concerns and admitted that he wouldn’t have been able to cope mentally with the restrictive bubble environment of the ATP Tour.

Kyrgios chose to make his tour come-back at Wimbledon, an event he considers the ‘best tennis event in the world’ but without any grass practice beforehand or competitive matches in five months, there was a question over whether he could make an impact.

The 26-year-old was drawn against 21st seed Ugo Humbert in the first round, with the Frenchman full of confidence after beating two top ten players to take the Halle title the week earlier.

What resulted was an epic five set battle that went over two days due to the Wimbledon 11pm curfew, with Kyrgios finally taking the victory 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 9-7 and afterwards he said he believed in himself.

“A lot of people were telling me there’s no chance, there’s no point in you going (to Wimbledon) with that short preparation. I was hearing a load of things,” said Kyrgios.

“They told me, there’s no chance you can come off the couch and compete at this level against players.

“I’m like, Dude, I know my game and I know how to play on grass. I’m not scared of anyone in the draw,” Kyrgios said.

The Australian, ranked 60th in the world, said it doesn’t matter how much preparation he has, he will always compete and always trust his own ability.

“I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven years old. I could have two days (preparation), it doesn’t matter. I’m going to go out there and give it. I’m going to serve big and play big, and just compete, said Kyrgios.

“The amount of people who told me my preparation was not good enough, you’re not good enough or anything, I don’t really care what anyone says. I’m my own person. I prepared the way I prepare and it worked.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

Rafael Nadal has prompted ‘unprecedented interest’ in Citi Open, says tournament chief

Rafael Nadal has 'the whole town buzzing' for his first ever appearance at the Citi Open, says the event's tournament director.Nadal skipped Wimbledon and...

‘There is nothing better than this,’ declares Alexander Zverev as he wins Olympics gold

Alexander Zverev says the is 'nothing better' than winning an Olympics gold medal after he heat Karen Khachanov in the final.Zverev became the first...

Olympic bronze medal is ‘best title of my career,’ says Pablo Carreno Busta after Novak Djokovic upset

Pablo Carreno Busta described his Olympics bronze medal as 'the best title of his career' after beating Novak Djokovic.Carreno Busta faced the world number...

‘This is for Roger Federer and Martina Hingis,’ says Olympics gold medal winner Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic won the women's singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics before dedicating it to compatriots Martina Hingis and Roger Federer.Bencic was not...

‘I have played with pain and exhaustion,’ admits Novak Djokovic after Olympics disappointment

Novak Djokovic revealed he is suffering from 'abnormal pain and exhaustion' after he left the Olympics without a medal.Djokovic lost his semi-final to Alexander...

‘I feel terrible,’ admits Novak Djokovic as bid for Golden Slam ends in Tokyo

Novak Djokovic says he 'feels terrible' after his loss to Alexander Zverev in the Olympics semi-finals.The world number one started the match brilliantly and...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here