Nick Kyrgios is ranked outside the top-80 for the first time since July 2014 and that incredible breakthrough at Wimbledon. The Aussie has played only 22 matches since the beginning of 2020, mainly staying at home in Australia during the pandemic and refusing to travel and compete.
Kyrgios played two events at home in Melbourne in February this year before taking another break until Wimbledon, struggling with injuries and the lack of form. Nick had to retire from Wimbledon after the second set against Felix Auger-Aliassime and had a short campaign in Atlanta, Washington and Toronto after only one victory.
Kyrgios will try to improve his results at the US Open, still traveling without a coach and relying on his own abilities to prepare the right tactics, if he has and wants any, of course.
Greg Rusedski praised Nick Kyrgios' talent but not his dedication.
Greg Rusedski praised Nick as one of the most talented players in the Open era alongside Roger Federer and John McEnroe.
Still, the former Major finalist understands that it takes much more to achieve a notable career, including dedication to the practice court and other elements. Nick's last memorable tournament came in Washington 2019 when he prevailed over Daniil Medvedev in the final, never reaching the quarter-final again!
Not missing tennis in 2020, Nick is yet to get back to the level from two years ago, dealing with the lack of motivation and constant injuries. The Aussie will have to work hard at the beginning of the US Open, facing Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round on Monday night.
"The problem is he does not want a coach. He's had significant influences around him – Lleyton Hewitt, a grand champion. The Australian tennis coaches have a fantastic system. There is nothing I could say to Kyrgios.
The only person who can make that decision is himself if he wants to become a champion. He is more worried about spats on social media and other things. He could be a great guy for the game of tennis; he just does not put the work and effort in, and if you don't… the older you get, the harder it becomes.
He has as much talent, if not more than Roger Federer or John McEnroe. But it does not matter how ridiculously talented you are. It does not beat hard work, the day-to-day grind and commitment," Greg Rusedski said.