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.”
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