In the press conference in Cincinnati after his opening-round win over Denis Kudla, Nick Kyrgios commented on his difficult year on a physical level. The Australian retired in his quarter-final match in Atlanta and withdrew from Washington last month. 'This year has been tough,' Kyrgios admitted.
'I started the year very well. Then obviously I hurt my elbow. Then I had an ongoing hip injury. We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip. You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that.
Right now I'm just managing it. Obviously I'm feeling my right knee because I'm favoring my left side of my body a little bit. I'm just trying to get through it. The physio has been helping me. I've been doing rehab every day.
I'm doing everything I can. As I said, as long as I can serve, I have a good chance to win still, I guess.' Kyrgios also revealed he struggles not to play other sports: 'I'm getting told by people in my team that I need to start taking care of my body.
I played two to three hours of basketball in Atlanta every day, so that's not gonna help. I just like discipline. It's as simple as that. You know, I think -- I mean, if knuckle down and I do the right things, I think I can do it.
I have done it before. I have gone through a long time with no injury. I'm just not doing the right things at the moment. It's actually harder. It's hard to do. There is an LA Fitness 30 seconds from the hotel, which doesn't help, but I don't know.
I guess it's just how much I want it, I guess. If I want to stay healthy, then I'll do the right things. ALSO READ: Tsitsipas: 'Rafael Nadal is a beast, monster. I hope to reach his level'