Amongst the younger generation of players, Nick Kyrgios is arguably the most infamous. His attitude and on-court antics have made him a polarizing figure. Known for his temper, and habitual smashing of racquets, his professionalism has been subject to numerous debates. Most tennis experts have accredited his inability to win a major title to his cavalier attitude.
The 26-year-old is currently ranked 92nd in the world. He has a 7-8 win-loss record this year. His last appearance was at the Laver Cup, where he was a part of the European squad. He reached the third rounds of the Australian Open and Wimbledon. With 6 titles to his name, Kyrgios achieved a career-high ranking of 13 in the world.
Nick Kyrgios: Career at a glance
As a junior, Nick Kyrgios had won the boys’ singles event at the 2013 Australian Open and the boys’ doubles event at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Later that year, he turned pro. He gained the world’s attention when he defeated the then world no. 1 Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon 2014. It was also one of his beat grand slam performances, having reached the quarterfinals. He has also reached the quarters at Australian Open(2015), and made it to the third rounds of Roland Garros twice and the US Open four times. Nick Kyrgios is the third person to win his first match agains the Big 3, after Lleyton Hewitt and Dominik Hrbaty.
Nick Kyrgios is known for his aggressive style of playing. He is a baseliner, with his game centred around his serve. His second serve is considered to be one of the best on the tour. His shots have frequently clocked over 200 km/ph. He has collected 6 titles so far.
Nick Kyrgios: Back to the grind
Nick Kyrgios has been quoted saying that he does not love the sport of tennis and has no dedication for it. Many people including American legend John McEnroe have criticized his approach to the game and question his actions. However, Kyrgios recently took to Twitter to share a video of him gearing up for the upcoming season. The one-and-a-half minute video titled “Work” showed the Aussie sweating it out in the gym and the tennis court. Having retired from the 2021 season in September due to knee problems, Kyrgios intends to make a strong comeback next year at his home turf.