‘I arrived with a whole mountain of expectation’
The year 2023 has not started in the best way for Nick Kyrgios. The talented Australian has received a lot of criticism after withdrawing from the United Cup with an ankle injury. In addition to not leading the Australian team in the first edition of the tournament, fans did not like Nick’s participation in several exhibitions in December.
Kyrgios will appear at the Australian Open without any official match on his legs. Let’s remember that the first Slam of the year will begin on Monday, January 16 at Melbourne Park and much is expected of Kyrgios after the final that he reached at Wimbledon in 2022.
Nick will play the role of a luxury outsider in the AO and will try to surprise the big favorites from the day before. The man to beat is undoubtedly Novak Djokovic, without forgetting the defending champion, Rafael Nadal, and the finalist of the last two editions, Daniil Medvedev.
In an interview with “The Age”, Daniel Horsfall, Kyrgios’ manager, urged fans and those familiar with the situation not to talk too much: “Nick Kyrgios’ team is working day and night to get him ready for the Open from Australia.
A lot of people were upset when Nick announced his withdrawal from the United Cup, but I hope they now realize that the injury is genuine. I wish people would ask a few more questions before opening their mouths.” Tennis Australia director Craig Tiley also defended Kyrgios: “I have spoken to Nick several times in recent days.
He withdrew from the United Cup and Adelaide ATP as a precaution, as advised, to protect his ankle before the Australian Open.” In a recent interview on The JBK Show, Nick Kyrgios spoke about how the unfair treatment he experienced at the 2022 Australian Open affected the Serb.
“Yes. It’s (Australia’s banishment) probably the worst thing tennis could have done to him. Because now, he’s just hungry. Every event he plays, he does it – he knows he might not be able to play next week – so he will do everything possible to win that tournament.”…
Source : tennisworldusa