According to Nick Kyrgios, the pressure of having high expectations for himself at the Australian Open the following week made it difficult to concentrate.
However, the contentious Australian added that he felt honoured to be in a position where he was seen to have a good chance of capturing his country’s Grand Slam.
The gifted but volatile 27-year-old stated, “I think everyone wants to get to a place in their sport or their career, be one of the greatest, and have that expectation and pressure.”
“It’s an honor to compete knowing that Australia is rooting for me to win and is one of the favorites. It’s a satisfying feeling “But there is also a great deal of worry.” On social media, I can see it everywhere and hear others talking about it. What are your thoughts on the Australian Open? One of the favorites is you.
It’s challenging to sort of just concentrate on what I need to do.
The Australian had a fantastic year in 2022, making a barnstorming run to a first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon before falling to Novak Djokovic, despite his temper tantrums long overshadowing his talent.
The quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open was his finest performance there.
The 19th seed claimed that the experience had “just kind of shown me how hard going to a Slam final is, dealing with the outside noise, media responsibilities, balancing on-court, off-court rehabilitation. “These Grand Slam champions are “simply animals, not only physically but mentally,” one person said.
The lead-up to Melbourne for Nick Kyrgios has been hampered by an ankle issue.
His chances of winning a first-ever Slam are also diminished by the difficult side of the draw, where Djokovic may be waiting if both players advance to the quarterfinals.
The ninth seed Holger Rune and the fifth seed Andrey Rublev would have to be defeated first for the Australian.
“Relatively speaking, I feel good. I wouldn’t say I’m fresh, but I just feel so happy to be back,” he remarked. “I like to have the impression that I have everything under control.
“However, there are so many competent people here. There are high expectations for me and constant discussion about me being a favorite.
“I’m just attempting to take things day by day. There are so many individuals here who may harm things.”
Nick Kyrgios will face Roman Safiullin of Russia, who is rated 98th, in his opening match.