‘I feel like I have nothing left to prove’ – Nick Kyrgios reiterates early retirement plans

Nick Kyrgios has confirmed he will not play any more tennis this year and reiterated his plans to retire early.

The Australian represented Team World at the Laver Cup in Boston last week, although he has only played a handful of events since the initial COVID-19 outbreak last year.

He won’t be playing again now until 2022 either, meaning it’ll likely be the tournaments in Australia in January when we next see him on-court.

“Definitely this is my last event of the year,” Kyrgios said. “I need to go back home.

“I have been travelling for four and a half months now. My mum is not doing too well with her health. I’d like to go back and see her.

“Obviously, I’ll get my body right and I’ll start my pre-season, spend time with my family for the Australian Open in January and go from there. I will reassess.”

Kyrgios is one of the most talented players on the ATP Tour, and one of the most box office ones too, but he appears to have am at-times distant relationship with the tennis.

He has spoken of retiring early before, and he has again confirmed those plans.

“I feel like I’m not one of those players now that’s going to go hunting for points or hunting for accolades or anything like that,” Kyrgios added.

“I feel like I have nothing left to prove to myself. I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved.

“Where I go from here, everything’s a bonus. I’m not going to lie, I think this is my last year I will probably play Laver Cup.

“As long as I’m on the court, I will try and give my best, but I’m not going to lie and say that I’m going to plan to play four or five more years on tour. That’s just not me.”

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