Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios has confirmed that Houston will be his first and lone clay tournament of the year. In Australia, Kyrgios suggested he would skip the entire clay season for the third consecutive year. However, Kyrgios accepted a wildcard into Houston as he is set to make his second appearance at the tournament.
Kyrgios made his Houston debut in 2018 and back then made the quarterfinal before losing to Ivo Karlovic. "Correct. This will be my only clay tournament of the year," Kyrgios said in Houston.
Kyrgios to play the French Open in 2023
Kyrgios hasn't played at the French Open since 2017 but he will return to the tournament next year.
"Next year I'm going to go to Paris. I'm announcing now that I'm going to the French Open. I hadn't played there in four years. I'll be back next year," Kyrgios revealed. Kyrgios was asked whether there was a reason for his French Open return in 2023.
"My girlfriend just wants to see Paris. I mean I will only just play the French Open as well," Kyrgios answered.
It is not a secret that Kyrgios is not a fan of clay courts. Just recently, Novak Djokovic's brother, Djordje, invited Kyrgios to the Serbia Open in Belgrade. Since Kyrgios doesn't plan on playing much on the clay this and next year, it is not likely that we will see Kyrgios at the Serbia Open in the near future.
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"I want to bring Nick Kyrgios to Belgrade, to thank him for supporting Novak, Belgrade and Serbia. He is an entertainer, he doesn't mince his words and he will always express his opinion, whatever it may be. But above all, he is a serious athlete and tennis player.
I hope that he will come to the Serbia Open before he finishes his tennis career," Djordje Djokovic said on K1's "Kec na jedanaest" show.