Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has continued to withdraw from tournaments as he also won't be playing at the Barcelona Open. Kyrgios, 25, has yet to kick off his clay season as he hasn't played since the Australian Open.
Kyrgios, who prefers faster surfaces, wasn't shy of skipping clay tournaments in recent seasons. Kyrgios, ranked at No. 55 in the world, made his lone appearance at the Barcelona event in 2015. Back then, he was beaten in the second round by Elias Ymer.
Kyrgios lost a tight match at the Australian Open
Kyrgios made the third round at the Australian Open before Austrian Dominic Thiem claimed a 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over the Australian. "If I take one of those break points in the 3rd set early I think the match is over in an hour and 45 minutes.
I could definitely feel he was going away towards the end of the second. He was a bit rattled, and I played a heck of a first game in the third set," Kyrgios said after the match. Speaking of his schedule after the Australian Open exit, Kyrgios said: "I can change like the wind.
I'm not too sure, depending on what happens with COVID in Australia, you know, I'm assuming we will probably settle it pretty quickly. But I don't know how I'll have to quarantine in overseas in tournaments.
For me personally, man, I'm used to playing in front of packed stadiumds. I'm not gonna force myself around the world when the time is not right where I have to quarantine for a week and then play. "I don't know, I'm not too sure what lies ahead."
After the match, Thiem spoke highly of Kyrgios. "I was already dealing with the loss, you know, it was first of all the first match against Nick and here on is favourite court with an amazing crowd,” Thiem said after the match, per Tennis Majors.
“I think there are easier things to do! So for sure that’s one of the tougher challenges we have in our sport as you never know what’s coming. He’s a huge player when he’s on fire like today, so honestly I was dealing with the loss already, but somehow I was fighting myself in the match and since the US Open, you know impossible is nothing."