Jason Kubler: 'I'm really happy where I am right now'

Tennis: Kubler, 24, set to play at the Australian Ooen after recovering from six knee surgeries.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jason Kubler: 'I'm really happy where I am right now'

Australian tennis player Jason Kubler is in a good place at the moment as he has no injury concerns and his career is on the rise. The 24-year-old underwent a total of six knee surgeries before he decided to give another shot to tennis last year.

The Australian -- who started 2017 unranked -- won a Challenger title at the end of last season, as well as started this season with a Challenger title as he is now enjoying a solid ranking of No. 242 in the world. Lleyton Hewitt and Tennis Australia decided to give their "help" to Kubler as the 24-year-old was awarded a wildcard into the Australian Open -- where he is set to clash against 2017 US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta.

“Now I am really close to staying in the higher rankings and getting into qualifying at all the Grand Slams,” Kubler said. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch the live draw. But then I found out it was Carreno Busta.

I’m happy – I get to play one of the top guys and see where my level is at. “Hopefully I can get on a big court as well, that’d be unreal. The one main advantage I will have is the crowd. The more they get into it, hopefully, it will inspire me. Kubler admits that he doesn't know much about the Spaniard but that won't prevent him from leaving it all out there.

“Not too much, just because of where I’ve been playing my tennis. But a lot of the Aussies can give me info. We’re all really close, so they will help me out for sure,“ Kubler confessed. “What I do know is that he’s not going to give me too many cheap points, he just has that Spanish mentality of fighting hard and working hard.

And he’s got a bit to prove this year, I suppose. Once you crack the top 10 you have to consolidate, which can be a lot tougher than getting there. “At the end of the day, I just need to bring my best, because I know he’ll be bringing his.” Kubler -- who debuted at the Australian Open as a 16-year-old in 2010 -- is set to make his second singles main draw appearance -- but he claims there's no pressure on him now like it was the case in 2010 when he was demolished by former star Ivan Ljubicic.

“I’m really happy where I am right now. Just getting back into it and giving it all I can,” Kubler claimed. Also read: Filip Krajinovic set to miss Australian Open due to Achilles Tendon injury

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