With his Citi Open title in Washington, Nick Kyrgios guaranteed himself a seed in the US Open, which means he will not face any of the best players at least until the third round. In last month's Wimbledon Kyrgios, unseeded, lost to Rafael Nadal in the second round.
"Obviously being seeded at a slam helps. I don't really care, but you don't really want to hit one of those big guys early on, for instance, say, at Wimbledon when I played Rafa", said Kyrgios. "So either way I was going to be ready.
But, I mean, it's good to have that guarantee that you're not going to face one of the big guys in the early stages." On the support of his family, Kyrgios added: "I've got a long way to go, but, yeah, I mean, I just want to thank -- obviously my brother flew to come to watch me play, but there's a lot of pieces that have been put in place.
You know, they still believed in me when I honestly didn't. I lost faith that I could still have weeks like this and be happy. So I just want to thank them for not losing that."