Kyrgios ready to relax as he returns to Wimbledon court
June 26 (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios is ready to have some fun when he returns to competitive tennis for the first time since February at next week’s Wimbledon Championships, where he will compete in the mixed doubles with Venus Williams.
Since the start of 2020, Kyrgios, who reached a career-high 13th in 2016, has played only one tournament in Acapulco, Mexico outside of Australia and has seen his ranking drop to 61st. .
The third round loss to Dominic Thiem at the Australian Open in February was the last game for the 26-year-old, who was due to return for the turf season at Queen’s Club earlier this month but s ‘is removed due to neck pain. .
“I know it won’t be easy to flip the switch on, and I can’t expect to play the best kind of tennis I possibly was a few years ago at Wimbledon,” Kyrgios said. to journalists on Saturday.
“I don’t put too many expectations or pressure on myself, but overall I feel pretty good. I feel okay physically.
“I hit the grass quite a bit, trying to get two hits a day, trying to find my marks because it’s been almost two years since I’ve been on the grass. It was fun to be. back here seeing a lot of the tennis world. “
In a social media post this week, Kyrgios said he is looking for a mixed doubles partner for Wimbledon and announced on Saturday that he has linked Williams, who holds 11 All England Club titles, including five in singles.
“The tournament’s mixed doubles pair,” Kyrgios said.
He will start his singles campaign against Frenchman Ugo Humbert, whom he beat in a five-set match in the second round of his home Grand Slam.
Kyrgios said he didn’t miss traveling on the tour and didn’t lack confidence for his first major tour.
“I feel good that I haven’t played a game for so long, but it was amazing home time,” he said. “I felt a bit like Wimbledon, it’s an event I never take for granted if I can play it, so I made the trip.
“I’m going to get some strawberries. And relax, hit some serves, hit volleys, enjoy the weed and relax.”
Report by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; edit by xx
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