Nick Kyrgios: 'I’m glad we’re welcoming him back to come in'



by SIMONE BRUGNOLI

Nick Kyrgios: 'I’m glad we’re welcoming him back to come in'

One of the great controversies of the season was starred by Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who experienced an intense duel at Wimbledon, the one that brought harsh statements at press conferences and various burning messages on social networks.

The months passed and an exhibition this month managed to bring together two players who were friends in the past and many expected to see this week. Surprise and fate brought them together to play doubles. Peace made or not? On the night of Friday, December 9, a very curious match was played in Saudi Arabia in the Diriyah Tennis Cup.

The competition welcomed numerous high-level athletes, some of the best of the moment and others who have left their mark on the 2022 season. Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas, protagonists of a rather tough controversy after their battle at Wimbledon in July, met playing together in the doubles challenge against the pairing of Hubert Hurkacz from Poland and Dominic Stricker from Switzerland.

There was a lot of expectation before this last confrontation of the entire event program to know how the two "rivals" would behave on the track. Both remained very cool, speaking as little as possible and only occasionally fist-bumping.

In the end they were unable to take the win home, abandoning the stage after two lost tie-breaks. The two tennis players of the main circuit did not spare each other at all on social networks, reserving several jokes for each other.

On Twitter, before the game, Nick wrote on his profile: "Doubles with Tsitsi tonight...". . That tweet did not go unanswered by the Greeks: "Who would have said" was the particular response message.

Kyrgios shone in 2022

Nick Kyrgios is happy to have Novak Djokovic return to Australia to compete in the year's first Grand Slam in 2023.

“He’s healthy, ready to play and put on a show for our fans and for our country - we’re very lucky to have him. Look, he’s the best player in the world in my opinion. I’m glad we’re welcoming him back to come in and show what a great tennis player he is.

I feel like no tournament is a full-strength tournament without Novak Djokovic in it,” Nick Kyrgios told 7 News. “Novak, [Roger] Federer and [Rafael] Nadal, they were always the three-headed monster everybody wanted to beat,” he added.

"Two of the best in the world. The chances were always very slim," the Australian had thus settled the conversation. The social exchange between the two continued on Instagram, with Nick posting a photo of them on the pitch in Saudi Arabia and as a youngster, adding as a description: 'How it's going versus how it started,' he said.

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