Nick Kyrgios confesses how it really felt playing mixed doubles with Serena Williams



by DZEVAD MESIC

Nick Kyrgios confesses how it really felt playing mixed doubles with Serena Williams
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Nick Kyrgios highlighted Serena Williams is one of the greatest of all time and also recounted the American tennis icon being "very bossy on the court" when they teamed up for mixed doubles. In 2014, a 19-year-old Kyrgios got a chance to play mixed doubles with Williams at the International Premier Tennis League.

At the time, Kyrgios was a rising star while Williams was widely considered one of the greatest champions in tennis history. "Serena Williams, arguably in the GOAT conversation as well, probably right there. I played mixed doubles with her.

She was very bossy on the court. I mean confident and I had to listen to her," Kyrgios said while touring Tennis Channel's Hall of Champs area. Kyrgios also dropped major praise on fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty calling her "a legend" and "an icon." Barty, a former three-time Grand Slam champion and world No 1, shockingly retired from pro tennis at the age of 25 in 2022 March. "Ash Barty, one of Australia’s tennis legends.

Icon. Everyone looks up to her back home. Legend," Kyrgios said.

When is Kyrgios playing again?

This year, Kyrgios didn't get much action on the court.

After just recovering from knee surgery and kicking off his season in June, Kyrgios sustained a wrist ligament injury. This week, Kyrgios shared it will still be a few weeks before he removes a splint from his serving forearm.

Kyrgios is hoping to be able to play at the start of the 2024 season but there are still no guarantees. “After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there. So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there.

Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work. But to be here and being able to watch the match we’re about to watch makes me more hungry to get out there," Kyrgios said on Tennis Channel.

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