“These are just things that a seeded player won’t have to deal with,” Nick Kyrgios opens up on the perils of being unseeded

Nick Kyrgios opens up on the struggles that come with being unseeded at the ongoing Citi Open.

27-year-old Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios, who is regarded as one of the game’s most technically gifted players, just had a successful run at the 2022 Wimbledon, making it all the way to the championship match before losing to one of the game’s greatest players, Novak Djokovic.

Despite being recognized as one of the best players in the world, Kyrgios is nearly constantly involved in disputes both on and off the court. Whether it disputes with officials, spectators, or other players, Kyrgios always manages to make headlines with his antics.

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Nick Kyrgios laments treatment at Citi Open, claims seeded players wouldn’t have to go through the same

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Nick Kyrgios has lamented his midnight drug test ahead of his second-round win over Tommy Paul at the Citi Open on Wednesday. He was also asked to eat at the cafe, something he said a seeded player would not have to do. The 27-year-old beat a second straight American opponent in Washington DC. Kyrgios saved four break points and converted two of his own against Tommy Paul to sail into the last 16 without dropping a set. 

In his press conference following his victory over Paul, Kyrgios said that had he been seeded, he wouldn’t have had to go through his ordeal at the tournament. Kyrgios mentioned that he had to do a midnight drug test before his match against Paul and eat in the cafe as a bonus of not having a better ranking.

“I think a seeded player doesn’t even play his first round,” said Kyrgios. Last night, I played a first round, tough first round, and I got drug tested until 12:00 a.m. midnight and expected to play tonight. He (a seeded player) gets to bed at the time he wants to get to bed. Eats what he wants to eat. I was told to eat in the cafe when there was no food. These are just things I think a seeded player won’t have to deal with,” said the Australian

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