Australia's Nick Kyrgios gave a shout out to Novak Djokovic and then asked him if he would be willing to play doubles with him at the Australian Open. A few moments later, Kyrgios cracked a laugh and said he was just kidding and that he wouldn't do that to himself.
Kyrgios is one of the rare players that can brag about having a positive record against Djokovic. Kyrgios and Djokovic clashed twice, with the Australian ending on the winning side on each occasion. "Shout out Novak.
Australian Open doubles baby? No, I'm kidding, bro. I wouldn't do that to myself," Kyrgios said on the "No Boundaries Podcast."
Kyrgios hinted at an early retirement
Kyrgios last played at the Laver Cup in September.
"I feel like I’m not one of those players now that’s going to go hunting for points or hunting for accolades or anything like that,” Kyrgios said at the Laver Cup. I feel like I have nothing left to prove to myself.
I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved. "Where I go from here, everything’s a bonus. I’m playing Laver Cup again, and I’m not going to lie, I think this is my last year I will probably play Laver Cup.
“As long as I’m on the court, I will try and give my best, but I’m not going to lie and say that I’m going to plan to play four or five more years on tour. That’s just not me." Former British tennis player Mark Petchey urged Kyrgios to continue his career.
"Not sure where you are in the world right now @NickKyrgios but take your time, think about what makes you happy and make the decision that suits you best but there are many in tennis who want to see you stay in the sport. You are a long time retired. Tennis ball is more fun with you in it," Petchey said in a Twitter post.