Nick Kyrgios: 'I love playing on grass, would enjoy deep runs at Queen's, Wimbledon'


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Nick Kyrgios: 'I love playing on grass, would enjoy deep runs at Queen's, Wimbledon'

Settled in West Kensington, the Queen's Club Championships in London has become the second most prestigious tennis event on grass outside Wimbledon. It all started in 1884, just a couple of years after the first Wimbledon, and the tournament has been at the current location ever since 1890, making it one of the oldest running events in the world!

Queen's joined the ATP calendar in 1969, with Rod Laver, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray as the former champions.

Since 2000, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray have been the dominant figures at Queen's, with Murray lifting the fifth title in 2016. The Briton will play at Queen's again this year, together with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, the defending champion Feliciano Lopez and a former winner Marin Cilic.

Also, Nick Kyrgios will try to spoil their run and make the second notable run at Queen's, returning at this event for the sixth straight year. In 2015 and 2016, Nock had to play against the rivals from the top-10 in the opening round, losing to Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic before retiring to Donald Young a year later to stand with no wins after the first three trips to London.

That all changed in 2018 when Nick grabbed four out of five tie breaks to prevail against Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Feliciano Lopez, reaching the semi-final that he lost in two tight sets against Marin Cilic in just an hour and 26 minutes.

Last year, Felix Auger-Aliassime toppled the Aussie after a great battle that lasted for more than two hours, leaving Nick with no break chances and earning a late break in the decider to reach the quarters. Kyrgios made a solid start of 2020 season, winning six matches at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open before taking a break until Acapulco where he had to retire in the first match with a wrist injury.

"I love playing on grass and the Queen's Club courts are as good as any in the world. I'd love to go deep at the Fever-Tree Championships and at Wimbledon this year. I've been playing well and I'm pumped for what's to come."