Nick Kyrgios declares himself higher than Djokovic and Nadal on grass forward of Wimbledon | Tennis | Sport

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World no.78 Nick Kyrgios has ambitiously claimed that he’s one of the best grass-court participant on the planet, forward of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The Australian tennis maverick is eyeing up a deep Wimbledon run subsequent month, and with the Australian Open doubles crown below his belt he’s not quick on confidence. The Gulf between Kyrgios on one hand and Djokovic and Nadal on the opposite would seem large on paper, by way of profession achievements. Certainly, the latter duo can boast eight Wimbledon titles between them, whereas Kyrgios’ finest outing was a run to the quarter-finals when he was nonetheless a young person. However the Aussie hardly ever shies away from controversial takes, and he has confidently backed himself on grass forward of this 12 months’s Grand Slam at SW19, which will get underway on June 27. When requested who reigns supreme, Kyrgios informed the Sydney Morning Herald: “I imply, on the grass, I would say me. One thing about this 12 months has simply been totally different. I’ve performed 5 or 6 occasions and I’ve gone fairly effectively in just about each one I’ve performed and I’ve overwhelmed a variety of the highest gamers on this planet this 12 months.DON’T MISS: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal informed to ‘come clear’ over position in opposing Wimbledon ban”I assume it’s extra of a resurgence 12 months, simply going on the market and displaying those that I don’t should 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 approach. I play for lots of people. I really feel like I’m very relatable. Quite a lot of youngsters and folks look as much as me after 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 bought to offer a bit of cash, but it surely’s simply a variety of enjoyable; the tennis tour, travelling around the globe, it’s a fairly good life-style. I wish to soak it up whereas I can.”Kyrgios will miss the French Open this month – a match he has skipped yearly since 2017, though he has already introduced his intention to return to Roland Garros in 2023. As a substitute of giving it a whirl this time round, the 27-year-old returned to Australia to recoup along with his household and equipment up for the grass-court season. In his final Grand Slam outing, Kyrgios ran eventual Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev shut in an entertaining four-set conflict earlier than happening to win the doubles title with shut buddy Thanasi Kokkinakis. The Aussie will not get the chance to avenge his loss to Medvedev when he seems at Wimbledon because of the AELTC’s controversial ban on Russian and Belarusian opponents. Kyrgios hardly ever fails to placed on a present, and he entertained crowds final 12 months at Wimbledon with a five-set epic in opposition to Ugo Humbert to kick off his marketing campaign. A 9-7 last set was sufficient to see him advance, earlier than Felix Auger-Aliassime knocked him out by way of a walkover within the third spherical. The previous world no.13’s most up-to-date run got here in Houston, the place he was overwhelmed by Reilly Opelka in a straight-sets quarter-final. 

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