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Nick Kyrgios: “That's the biggest win of my career obviously, and that's something I'm never going to forget”

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – 1st of July. N. Kyrgios d. R. Nadal 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. An interview with Nick Kyrgios

 

Q. You were cocky, cheeky today. How are you feeling today?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’m pretty happy. That’s the biggest win of my career obviously, and that’s something I’m never going to forget. I’m going to draw so much confidence out of that no matter where I play now. To have that under my belt, it’s massive.

 

Q. How would you describe what you were able to do? How were you able to win?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I think I had to play a solid game that gave me the best shot. That’s serving big and playing aggressive. I thought today my serve was something that got me over the line. It made me, you know, be able to put pressure on his serve as well.

I think that was very important.

 

Q. What were your emotions when you wrapped this up?

NICK KYRGIOS: It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I was just overwhelmed with every feeling out there. I turned to my whole box, you know, just shared that moment with them. It still hasn’t hit me what I’ve done.

 

Q. John McEnroe said he thinks you can win the whole tournament. How do you feel about that?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I’m just going to stay grounded. I’m just going to go home tonight and do everything possible for my next round tomorrow.

Milos has probably got the best serve in the world. I’m just going to go out there and have fun again.

 

Q. John McEnroe may think you can win this whole tournament, but from your flash TV interview afterwards, am I right thinking your mum didn’t think you could win it?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, last night I was actually reading a comment that she thought Rafa was too good for me. It actually made me a bit angry. You would think he’s in a whole ‘nother level compared to me. I just believed in myself that I could create some opportunities. I took them under pressure today.

Yeah, I don’t know – yeah.

 

Q. Have you spoken to your mum yet since you won?

NICK KYRGIOS: No, I haven’t actually.

 

Q. What will you say when you do?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’ll just text her a smiley face (smiling).

 

Q. Are you ever a little afraid when you play to hit a second serve 130 miles per hour? Stepanek last year told me you did something unbelievable in a tiebreak.

NICK KYRGIOS: I remember.

 

Q. Then nine match points with Gasquet. Today again. You just don’t think or what happens?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, definitely I’m scared. Like I just go through my routine and I just play aggressive. You know, if they play too good on that point, then it’s too good.

But I’m going to go after it and give myself the best chance to win the point.

 

Q. The other day you said that between you and Rafa, you have won an incredible 14 Grand Slams. People were thinking by the end of Wimbledon it would be 15. What do you think of that?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I’ve got another chance to go out there tomorrow and get through another round, but I’m not thinking about any of that stuff yet.

It was just a comment for a bit of a laugh. It’s gone pretty much viral. Yeah.

 

Q. How hard do you think the recovery will be with a match again tomorrow?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it’s going to be a tough ask, but I’m going to do everything possible and see how my body responds tomorrow. If I come up short, I come up short. I’m going to give it my best shot, and whatever happens, happens.

 

Q. Three years ago it was Bernard Tomic being the big thing. What have you learned from his experience and that experience?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’ve learned a lot. I’m just going to, you know, try hard, you know, just give the people what they want, a bit of a show out there. I’m just going to continue to do that.

Yeah

 

Q. In Australia everybody was talking about you and Kokkinakis during the Australian Open. Now you are here and we don’t know where Kokkinakis is. Do you think this is strange?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I actually miss Thanasi. He went back home a couple weeks ago during Nottingham. I think he needed some time at home.

He’s extremely talented, if not more than me. He’s going to have a great career. It’s great that we can train together. I miss him a lot.

 

Q. You spoke about being grounded. Who are the people around you keeping you grounded right at the moment?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, my coach, my family, my brother, my friends, my agent. They all know in reality I have another match to play tomorrow. Of course I’m going to soak it up tonight, but tomorrow I’m going to give myself the best shot to win.

 

Q. What struck most people was how fearlessly you played on that stage. How did you acquire such a fearless attitude? Have you always had such an attitude?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I think on the big stage, it’s something I thrive on, the atmosphere, the crowd. I just love it when at 5-3, I think it was in the fourth set, they erupted, the crowd. I just love that feeling.

At that stage you just think about all the work you put in. You know if you believe in yourself. Especially with my serve, if I just go after it, hit the right spots, I’m going to have a pretty good shot to close out a match like that today.

 

Q. There’s been a lot of great Australian champions over the years. It’s your first experience of Centre Court today. Any thoughts of you following in the old guy’s footsteps?

NICK KYRGIOS: I wasn’t thinking of any of that at all when I was out there. Playing Rafael Nadal is a big enough task. You don’t really think about anything else. When I’m serving, he goes through his routine, he touches his nose, all that stuff.

It’s just tough playing him, and that’s all I was thinking about out there: competing and sticking to the game plan.

 

Q. How happy are you today that you chose tennis in front of basketball?

NICK KYRGIOS: Very.

 

Q. Can you say a bit more?

NICK KYRGIOS: Best choice of my life. Yeah.

 

Q. Again and again Rafa just said that you were fearless, you had nothing to lose. Talk about that. Did you feel that way? Did you feel a sense of joy or freedom?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I definitely had nothing to lose out there. My first Wimbledon making fourth round, playing Rafa on Centre Court, I definitely had a sense of even if I get broken here – I was actually thinking about it in the fourth set. If I get broken here, it’s not the end of the world. There’s another set to play.

Even if I end up losing that match – you know, having that sort of pillow to fall on even if I got broken, I think that definitely played a big part, you know, having nothing to lose out there.

 

Q. How would you compare what you’re feeling now to when three weeks ago you lost in the first round of a challenger to John Patrick Smith?

NICK KYRGIOS: Well, I don’t know. It’s just extraordinary. I’d never think after that match I’d be in the quarters of Wimbledon three weeks later.

It just shows that, you know, my coach has done such a great job. I’m just staying persistent, working hard, and yeah. I’m losing my voice.

 

Q. That win will take you to 65 in the rankings. How will it feel that you won’t be playing in front of one man and a dog?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I have had a bit of trouble in the past playing those low-end tournaments on the back courts. I really like having a big crowd, having that spark. So, yeah, hearing that is music to my ears.

 

Q. I know you tennis players only want to think about the next match, but it could be Roger Federer in the semifinals now. He’s your big idol, isn’t he? How would that be?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, that would be extraordinary. If I manage, you know, to pull the win out against Raonic, to play Roger would be a dream, yeah.

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Rival Backs Dominic Thiem To Win Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award

Only two players have won the award since 2004.

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For the past 15 years only two players have managed to get their hands on the prestigious Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, but one player thinks there could be a brand new winner this year.

 

Diego Schwartzman has lent his support behind world No.4 Dominic Thiem. The award recognizes those who have conducted the highest level of professionalism and integrity on the ATP Tour throughout the season. Established in 1977, Roger Federer has won the honour in 13 out of the past 15 years. The only other player to triumph during that period was Rafael Nadal, who won it in 2010 and 2018.

“I think Thiem can win it, he showed throughout the year a competitiveness and a respect with everyone that was spectacular,” Schwartzman told ole.com. “On top of that he is having great years of his career and this season was even better for the achievements he had.’
“He has a good chance of winning it.” He added.

Schwartzman, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open earlier this year, has also been shortlisted for the award. Along with regular nominees Federer and Nadal. Only once has an Argentinian player won the title, which was José Luis Clerc back in 1981. At that time it was known as the ATP Sportsmanship award before getting renamed in 1996.

“I learned first (of getting nominated) through social networks rather than the official designation that the ATP sends you by mail.” The 27-year-old revealed.
“It is more spectacular than anything for the players I have next to me. It is a very important prize that recognizes a little what you do off the court, not only hitting the ball.”

Whilst he is dreaming of winning the honour himself, Schwartzman is just happy that he has been nominated.

“If I won this award, it would be spectacular. Now I am on that payroll that is very good and represents the values ​​that I try to maintain on a day-to-day basis and that (my coaching teams over the years) have taught me. It is very nice to be recognized for that. “ He concluded.

The four nominees for the Stefan Edberg Award was shortlisted by the ATP. However, it will be the players who will decide the winner. The result will be revealed later this month.

Multiple winners of the Stefan Edberg/ATP Sportsmanship award

Roger Federer – 13
Stefan Edberg – 5
Pat Rafter – 4
Alex Corretja – 2
Todd Martin – 2
Paradorn Srichaphan – 2
Rafael Nadal – 2

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.

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Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.

 

Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.

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One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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