Eyeing off far greater spoils, Nick Kyrgios has no regrets about prematurely ending his spectacular 2014 campaign despite it potentially costing him an Australian Open seeding. Kyrgios climbed to a career-high 51st after backing up his giant-killing quarterfinal run at Wimbledon with a third-round showing at the US Open last month.
The 19-year-old probably only needed another half dozen wins in the final two months of the season to secure a top-32 seeding for his home major at Melbourne Park. But after falling to fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic in the opening round in Kuala Lumpur, Kyrgios opted to wind up his year to allow a nagging left arm injury to heal.
“It was definitely a good decision,” Kyrgios told AAP after announcing he’ll complete his Australian Open preparations with a first appearance at the Apia International Sydney from 11-17 January. “I had a stress reaction.
It was not going to get better playing with it and now it’s progressing well. “It was a tough decision to end my season – I was playing some really good tennis – but you have to think about the long-term sometimes.
“I’m a young man in a hurry but, at the same time, it’s a long, long journey. It’s not a year, it’s not two years. It’s 10, possibly 15 years of your life and there’s going to be lots of ups and downs.
“I’m willing to take them and keep working hard.” Tennis great John Newcombe, Australia’s first-ever official world No.1, this week declared Kyrgios a future top-four star.