World No. 45 Nick Kyrgios says European players have the advantage of playing clay court tournaments in Europe all year round and adds they can be ranked well inside the top-100 from the points they earn. Over the last few years, Kyrgios hasn't played much and he is taking a similar approach in 2022.
This week, Kyrgios is set to compete on the grass courts of Mallorca. After competing in just four tournaments in the first five months of the season, Kyrgios kicked off his grass season by competing in Stuttgart and Halle.
Now, Kyrgios is set to play his third grass tournament in as many weeks. “European players can play clay court all year round and finish like 70 in the world. And they don’t even have to leave. Where an Australian player has to travel six months a year and not see his family, not see his friends.
I have played five events this year and I am like 50 in the world and I have to travel," Kyrgios said, as quoted on Essentially Sports.
Kyrgios: I don't know some of the players that are ranked inside the top-100
“So if I have six grass courts in Australia, I would never leave the country.
Like I would never leave the country. Why I would leave the country? I don’t even know some of the people in top 100 I am being serious. I don’t know them," Kyrgios added. Kyrgios isn't a big fan of clay as he prefers grass and hard.
This past clay season, Kyrgios accepted a wildcard into Houston but then missed the rest of the clay season. Kyrgios has been vocal about his love for grass and several times he has stated that the game definitely needs a grass Masters event.
Kyrgios, who reached back-to-back semifinals in Stuttgart and Halle, is set to meet Laslo Djere in the Mallorca first round.