Former world No. 13 Nick Kyrgios doesn't expect to have an easy job when he meets rising French star Ugo Humbert in the Wimbledon first round. Kyrgios, who hasn't played since February and the Australian Open, is set to return to action at The All England Club.
Kyrgios pulled out of some grass court events prior to Wimbledon but he is feeling well ahead of his first match in five months. Meanwhile, Humbert has had a great grass season so far, having won it all in Halle. Kyrgios was on the verge of losing to Humbert at the Australian Open but he managed to escape with a tight win.
“Ugo has been playing some incredible tennis, obviously coming off that title in Halle. He’s been playing exceptionally well and I’m not surprised at all, to be honest,” Kyrgios said. “What I saw of him in Australia, I feel like I’ve played a lot of players and I’m pretty tactically switched on, and he’s got the game to do some pretty special things in this sport.
“I wasn’t surprised when he won that event in Halle and he’s a very good grass-court player. I know how he can be good on grass. He’s got a very good serve, very good backhand for a lefty, good volleys, so it’s going to be tough”.
Kyrgios feeling well
Kyrgios hasn't played in five months but still he is feeling well ahead of the Humbert clash. “I feel decent for not playing a match in however long, but that time at home was amazing,” Kyrgios said.
“I kind of felt like Wimbledon, it’s an event that I never take for granted if I can play it, so I made the trip over”. Kyrgios plans to enjoy Wimbledon to the fullest. “I’m going to get myself some strawberries,” Kyrgios said. “And chill, hit some serves, hit some volleys, enjoy the grass and chill out”.