Regardless of being ranked simply 76th on the earth, controversial Aussie tennis participant Nick Kyrgios nonetheless has the boldness to declare himself the very best grass courtroom participant on the earth.
Kyrgios has elected to overlook the French Open and his now targeted on Wimbledon in late June, the place he hopes to relive a few of his finest early profession successes, together with making the match’s quarterfinal in 2014.
‘I imply, on the grass, I’d say me,’ Kyrgios instructed the Sydney Morning Herald throughout an NBA promotional occasion in Sydney, when requested who the world’s finest grass courtroom participant is.
It’s a daring name contemplating Kyrgios has six ATP titles, however has by no means claimed one on a grass courtroom. Nevertheless he has reached two semi-finals on grass and the Wimbledon quarterfinal.
Whereas the grass courts of Wimbledon is likely to be essentially the most conventional of tennis settings, Kyrgios will not be afraid to play the sport his method – together with breaking out his trademark ‘tweener
The American hardcourt season has been a rollercoaster for Kyrgios, who loved some wonderful success with wins over world no. 7 Andrey Rublev, world No. 8 Casper Ruud and world No. 9 Fabio Fognini.
Alongside the way in which he has smashed rackets, almost struck a ball boy, sledged followers, duelled with chair umpires and roped in Hollywood actor Ben Stiller who reckons there could also be a spot in one in every of his motion pictures for the Aussie firebrand.
I’m Kyrgios, right here me roar. The Aussie tennis firebrand had a profitable US onerous courtroom season but additionally courted controversy alongside the way in which for his working battles with followers, umpires, tennis rackets and even a weird interplay with Hollywood star Ben Stiller
Whereas based mostly on rating Kyrgios’ grass courtroom claims could seem excessive, if the big-hitting Aussie takes his present kind onto the grass courts of Wimbledon he could also be very onerous to cease.
Final month, the 27-year-old instructed 9 presenter Karl Stefanovic that the rest of 2022 can be ‘essential for my profession’.
‘One thing about this yr has simply been totally different,’ Kyrgios mentioned.
‘I’ve performed 5 – 6 occasions and I’ve gone fairly nicely in just about each one I’ve performed and I’ve overwhelmed a variety of the highest gamers on the earth this yr.
‘I assume it’s extra of a resurgence yr, simply going on the market and exhibiting people who I don’t need to go on the market and play on a regular basis, [that] I can nonetheless be on the high of the sport. I’m simply having fun with it and doing it my method.
‘I play for lots of people. I really feel like I’m very relatable. A number of children and other people look as much as me once I play. If somebody like me could make it this far and obtain what I’ve achieved, I feel it offers them a variety of hope.
‘Clearly, I’m 27 now, so I’ve received to supply a bit of cash, but it surely’s simply a variety of enjoyable; the tennis tour, travelling all over the world, it’s a fairly good life-style.
‘I need to soak it up whereas I can.’
Kyrgios smashes his racket after his three-set defeat in opposition to Rafael Nadal of Spain of their quarterfinal match on Day 11 of the BNP Paribas Open on the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard
Whereas Kyrgios is influencing younger kids, Swedish tennis nice Mats Wilander lately slammed him for educating them the flawed classes.
He revealed that Aussie Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt was fearful concerning the affect that Kyrgios was having on the subsequent technology.
‘I do know from Lleyton Hewitt telling me that each child in Australia principally, is doing what Nick Kyrgios does,’ Wilander mentioned.
‘I am not saying they’re throwing rackets and no matter, however they hit the ball like Nick Kyrgios and that is type of dangerous sufficient in a method as a result of Nick is so gifted, however he does not use his toes in any respect in any of his photographs.
‘He simply slaps it together with his arm. They usually look as much as these guys. So I feel it is atrocious.’
Kyrgios additionally lately put up an appreciation put up for his companion Costeen Hatzi after the couple lately bought their first house collectively.
The Sunday Telegraph reported Kyrgios has ‘bought a $1.6million penthouse in Sydney’s Kensington to be with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi’ when he is not travelling the world for tournaments.
‘My lovely Costeen, essentially the most wonderful particular person I’ve ever met. You’ve been the most important blessing in my life and I’m so extremely grateful that I get to name you my finest pal,’ Kyrgios posted on Instagram.
‘It doesn’t matter what we do, I all the time get excited as a result of I do know that we’re going to make each little second gratifying.’