Nick Kyrgios: 'I’ve taken that challenge on'

Kyrgios wanted to achieve more success for himself and his team

by Simone Brugnoli
Nick Kyrgios: 'I’ve taken that challenge on'

Nick Kyrgios admits that he is now doing what he feels is "best" for him, so skipping the Davis Cup Finals and competing in the Diriyah Tennis Cup was an easy decision. At the end of November, Australia participated in the Davis Cup final tie in Malaga.

Australian team captain Lleyton Hewitt said he invited Kyrgios to play, but the 2022 Wimbledon finalist declined the invitation. This week, Kyrgios participates in the Diriyah Cup of tennis in Saudi Arabia. "Maybe if Australia hugged me a bit more, I'd play for them and bring home the trophy.

At this point in my career, I'll always do what's best for me. I can travel the world playing exhibitions this time of year for six figures. I think I've put myself in that position, so it's easy for me. I'd rather spend time with my family and my girlfriend and have experiences around the world and earn that kind of money than play a week in something where I can't be with my girlfriend and not get paid as well.

That doesn't make sense for me or for my progression as an athlete," explained Kyrgios. Kyrgios, 27, made his Davis Cup debut in 2013. Kyrgios' last Davis Cup appearance came in 2019, when he represented Australia in a tie against Belgium.

Although Kyrgios does not close the doors to the possibility of playing Davis Cup again, he admits that it is not easy to forget everything that has been said about him in Australia. "Maybe, who knows? Adding another week in Europe in Malaga wasn't really what was on my wish list.

If it had been in Australia, maybe it would have been a different story."

Kyrgios wanted to achieve more success

Nick Kyrgios has stated his goals and expectations ahead of the 2023 season. “In real life, there’s not much pressure to being a professional tennis player.

We earn great money, we travel around the world with our favourite people. We get to see different people, different cultures. In the scheme of things, that’s not pressure," the Aussie said. "But I completely understand going on the match court with all this expectation that ‘Nick Kyrgios is legitimate chance to win a Grand Slam now’, there’s a lot of pressure there especially having the Australian Open and everyone in Australia expecting big things from me.

It’s a lot to handle sometimes. Being in the spotlight is not easy," he added. “I feel like I’ve embraced that and I’ve taken that challenge on. It’s not easy, I’ve really worked hard to try and channel it, internalise it and use it as fuel.

It’s always hard being me," the Aussie said. "When I win a tournament or win something of value, they always want more. It’s never like, ‘OK, it’s time to rest’, it’s like, ‘right, do it again’ or ‘do it now’."

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