The complex health situation due to the pandemic and restrictions in every corner of the world have led Nick Kyrgios to remain in Australia almost always in the past year. The Canberra talent, who has not set foot on the pitch since the Australian Open, has recently announced that he will take part in the season on grass.
The Australian left the stage in the third round at Melbourne Park, after coming close to defeating Dominic Thiem (forced to come back two sets to enter the round of 16). Kyrgios will be one of the protagonists of the Mallorca ATP, which will take place in June with a decent audience in the stands.
Mallorca had already hosted a WTA level tournament, but last year the organizers managed to get permission to set up an ATP event as well. Together with Nick, there will be players of the caliber of Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.
The tournament director is Rafael Nadal's uncle, Toni, who welcomed Kyrgios’s decision to fly to the Balearic island before Wimbledon. According to the Iberian, the former ATP number 13 has all it takes to attract fans after the retirement of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Toni Nadal praises Nick Kyrgios
"Nick Kyrgios is a star on the ATP circuit," Toni Nadal said. "Undoubtedly, after the 'Big 3' (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic), he is one of the greatest tennis stars in the world, being the player most followed by the younger generations."
Not surprisingly, Toni expects the 26-year-old's participation in the Mallorca Championships to help pull in bigger crowds. "Nick Kyrgios is a great player who, in addition, gives a lot of show on the court," Toni Nadal continued.
"So Nick's commitment to play in the Mallorca Championships is very important news for us. I hope that his presence in the tournament will bring a lot of people to Santa Ponca." The record 13-time champion at Roland Garros, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, will be chasing his 14th title.
If he wins, he will cross Roger Federer and become the only man with 21 Grand Slam singles titles. To challenge the Spaniard, the Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic will yet again try his best. The Austrian ace Dominic Thiem is also one of the most promising candidates for the French Grand Slam.
Above all, the high number of live audiences will make the tournament more lively and worthwhile. Let us see who happens to lift the French Open title this year.