‘Massive question mark’ over Nick Kyrgios’ Australian Open participation after mental blowout


Australian sports star Nick Kyrgios lashed out at everything but the water bottle after his 6-3, 6-4 loss to Borna Coric in today’s Australian Open warmup competition.

Kyrgios had been on a great streak before Friday’s match, claiming two extremely tight wins in the past two days. However, hampered by knee pain, Kyrgios’ speed and agility wasn’t there today as he was out-shot by his Croatian opponent.

During the first set, Kyrgios called for his trainer, complaining about his knee and saying he couldn’t serve without pain. In the second set, clearly frustrated, the Cypriot-Australian lost his cool and vented his frustrations, smashing his racket and launching it out of the court.

Nick Kyrgios faces an uphill battle to be fit for the Australian Open.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

Kyrgios spoke about his recovering mental and physical health, saying that his participation in the Australian is still up in the air at this stage.

“There’s a massive question mark for me, even if I was completely healthy, [after] not playing in a year,” Kyrgios said. “It’s not easy to just turn around and prepare for an event just like that. It’s not like a tap.

“I thought I did everything I could this week. I won a couple of matches, I had a lot of court time and practised every day, as well. I think I’m ticking the boxes, I think I’m giving myself a chance.”

Kyrgios said he’ll be using the next few days to recharge his mental state before the first round in the Open, should he still participate. “If I’m positive and motivated, I’m sure I’ll play some good tennis,” he said.

Kyrgios lost his cool during the second set, venting his frustration with the blustery conditions on an outdoor court, and was given multiple warnings by the chair umpire.




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