Nick Kyrgios has started a new life with a final at Wimbledon. After a good North American parenthesis, with the quarterfinals on the concrete of Flushing Meadows, the talented Australian has recovered with a view to the end of the season.
He decides to dedicate the last physical and mental energies between Tokyo and Paris-Bercy. His victory against Majchrzak was no coincidence, which came after a simply horrible first set, both in terms of form and timing. A 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 matured on the threshold of ninety minutes of play.
"I love playing in Tokyo. And I love meeting and experiencing people from a completely different culture than Australia. I would love to play it from here to the end of my career," he said after the win. "I faced a very tough player with a very solid backhand.
At first my serve didn't bother him much, it wasn't easy. Let's just say that the Slams this season have given me a different perception. Losing a set is no longer a drama, I know that I can always recover and it allows me to face situations more consciously", he explained, highlighting how mental improvements have played (and are playing) a decisive role.
Kyrgios has had a full season, putting clay aside, in both singles and doubles. He reached the quarterfinals in nine tournaments, winning Washington and reaching the Wimbledon final. When asked what it meant to him physically, the talented Aussie, as usual, didn't skimp.
Especially since together with Kokkinakis in doubles he is still fighting for a place in the ATP Finals in Turin. "Sometimes it's not easy to reconcile everything and bear all the stress that singles in particular bring. That's why I always try to see the fun side and play doubles with Thanasi.
I also do it because in the end my goal is to make money."
Nick Kyrgios has had an eventful season
In a post-match press conference, Nick Kyrgios delved into why he liked playing doubles and was candid enough to admit that he did so to earn money.
The volatile Aussie also revealed that playing singles can be stressful as one needs to "make an exhausting effort" on the court to maintain concentration levels. "Tennis can be so stressful in singles. Sometimes it's hell. You have to make an exhausting effort for a long time to maintain seriousness and concentration, you have a very high responsibility on the court.
I want to compete well in singles and doubles, because I'm here to earn money, this is my job and that's why I compete in both modalities," he stated.