Nick Kyrgios says ‘now is the time to play’ as he prepares to end his self-imposed tennis exile in Mallorca.
The Australian can be a real crowd-pleaser, and is unlike anyone else on the Tour on his day.
That, though, comes with a downside too, with his controversial behaviour also often serving to isolate him and make him the target of much criticism.
“[I have the] athlete belief,” Nick Kyrgios, who has not played a match outside of Australia since the start of the coronavirus pandemic told the Telegraph.
“Whenever I go into something, I believe I am the best even though I am not. I am travelling with my best friend and girlfriend. I think now is my time to play.
“I’ve had time to rest, regroup and see my family so now it is time to do what I do best.”
Earlier this year, Kyrgios was described by NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo as ‘the Denis Rodman of tennis,’ and he says that is a label he is ready to accept.
“If I passed [away] tomorrow, I would take that any day of the week, being remembered as the Dennis Rodman of the sport,” Kyrgios said.
“When I first think of Rodman, I think of someone that is completely comfortable in his own skin, who played the game he wanted and didn’t really care what others thought.
“That is how I feel I go about my tennis career, I don’t really care what others think and I play the way I want to play. I am super excited to get back there.”
The Mallorca Championships start on June 20.
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