Nick Kyrgios will be one of the stars of the 142nd US Open. The Australian tennis player has put on a great show in recent months and has shown significant improvements, at least in terms of his concentration and handling of the important moments of the match.
The Canberra native put on an incredible tournament at Wimbledon, where he reached the first Slam final of his career. What prevented him from adding a precious Major to his record was Novak Djokovic. After a subdued first set, the Serbian champion came out on top again and won the next three sets in what the Americans call decisive moments.
At the end of the grass-court season, Kyrgios won his seventh career title in Washington by beating Yoshihito Nishioka in the final act of the American event. The Australian raised the bar again at the Montreal Masters 1000 by defeating world number one Daniil Medvedev in the second round.
The numerous matches he has played in recent weeks, both in doubles and singles, have undoubtedly affected his evolution in Canada. Kyrgios only won one game in the deciding set which he lost in the quarter-final against Hubert Hurkacz.
In Cincinnati, the 1995 player also appeared to have physical problems and left the tournament in the second round, losing in straight sets to Taylor Fritz. The current number 26 in the ATP ranking should take advantage of this week to recover energy and appear at the US Open in the best possible conditions.
Precisely with the last Slam of 2022 in mind, Kyrgios responded openly to the survey launched by Eurosport on his social accounts. The Warner Bros-owned pan-European network specifically asked his fans: "Who will win the US Open?" Kyrgios published a story taking up the post published by Eurosport and choosing the Spanish talent Carlos Alcaraz.
Nick Kyrgios credited Naomi Osaka for helping him
Nick Kyrgios credited Naomi Osaka for helping him open up about his mental health troubles. "I actually struggled early with mental health and there were times in my tennis career where I was really struggling," Nick Kyrgios revealed.
"I wasn't sure if I was okay to feel that way." The Aussie highlighted how interacting with and doing a podcast with Naomi Osaka helped both of them overcome their demons. "But then, actually, I met Naomi," Kyrgios further explained.
"We did a podcast together, and she kind of opened up. I deal with messages every day with people who are reaching out and I try to respond to as many people as I can," Kyrgios said. "I think men around my age really struggle to open up. Can't feel weak... [Naomi Osaka] helped me a lot with that."