‘Now is my time to play again,’ says Nick Kyrgios ahead of return to tennis

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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