Nick Kyrgios has been riding on a high after winning the singles final at the Citi Open 2022 after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets 6-4,6-3 to clinch his first ATP title since 2019. In his run to the finals, Kyrgios had dropped only one set while making fewer mistakes as he marked his return to the tournament after a gap of three years. He had reached another high in his career when he reached his maiden singles final at the All England Club but lost to the ultimate champion Novak Djokovic.
Kyrgios is enjoying the best time of his game with his strong serves as he hit 12 aces in the final match and altogether a total of 96 aces during the course of the tournament. Apart from being a singles champion, he even went on to become the doubles champion with his partner James Sock defeating Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek in straight sets in the finals of the Citi Open. He was also the doubles champion with his compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open 2022.
“I feel I am a lot older and a lot more mature” Nick Kyrgios on how tough times have made him a better individual
Kyrgios, apart from his great form, has been the talk of the town for his on-court antics which is an added element to the match. Emotions get over his head and he loses his composure and concentration and starts bashing racquets, verbal spats with umpires, and even the spectators at times. He has also been fined for his antics and time and again received criticism for people around the world.
Recently in an interview, the Aussie player expressed his feelings that such situations have made him stronger and more mature than before. He even credited his partner for being the support system he needed during the tough times. He said “Honestly, I feel as if I’m a lot older, a lot more mature, and I feel like when you get older, you realize you shouldn’t be taking these things for granted, the way you’re feeling, the way your body feels. Also, I have a partner with me now I see a future with and I kind of see that I have to provide for. So I feel like my motivation is a lot higher than it used to be.”
He even expressed his thoughts on how the criticism cannot get the better of him. He chooses to remain focused and keep himself going no matter what. He added “I don’t care about what people say about my tennis, like always disrespectful to the sport, all this, all that. I know that deep down that I try really hard to do it my own way. I know that I inspire millions of people, and I’m just playing for them“
Kyrgios will play his next match at the Canadian Open in Toronto, where he looks to keep his form going after his spectacular triumph at the Citi Open ahead of the US Open 2022 which starts on 29 August.