Is Nick Kyrgios The Next Tennis Star? He Hopes So
by Tom Gainey | November 18th, 2013
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In a new feature on Nick Kyrgios, the former basketball talent hopes to be the next big thing in Australian tennis.

Sidelined by an elbow injury toward the end of this season, the 18-year-old Krygios finished the year No. 186, just a few spots off his career-high of No. 177. But after wins over Radek Stepanek at the French Open and playing David Ferrer tough at the US Open, the former junior No. 1 is planning a big move in 2014.

“Juniors was juniors,” Kyrgios told Adrian Proszenko of the Age. “Being the No.1 junior in the world didn’t mean anything. It was obviously a big part of my life … but there’s a lot of work to do. Next year I want to be in the top 100, the top 50 even. That’s a very reachable goal. I’ve got to keep working hard and be around the right people and I think I’ll get there.”

Kyrgios, who at 6-foot-4 towered above his competition in the junior ranks, says he modeled his game after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And he admitted, that playing with the stars was intimidating.

“My locker in the US Open was right next to Roger’s and [Juan] Del Potro’s,” he said. “I was a bit intimidated but I’d qualified there so I felt I’d earned my spot. Those guys, you can’t take away what they’ve done for the sport and you’ve got to respect them. Hopefully one day I can go out there and compete against those guys, which would be a dream come true.”

Kyrgios was born in Canberra. His father is of Greek decent, mother Malaysian. With Bernard Tomic, Kyrgios and another youngster, 17-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australia appears to have a very bright tennis future.


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5 Comments for Is Nick Kyrgios The Next Tennis Star? He Hopes So

pigoonse Says:

Well, one can only have hope. All the best to the young Australian.

Hoping also to see more of 22 yr. old Pierre-Hugues Herbert in 2014 after his success in Paris. Another possible star is 19 yr. old Lucas Pouille.

Like to think a past big name, like maybe Davydenko, makes a comeback in 2014 too.


Jo Says:

I hope so. Cause those younglings in the top 100 stay very long at the bottom and hasnt improve a lot. When can we see a new star to be born? Pete, then Roger, Nadal, Novak,then nothing for a long time now.


pigoonse Says:

@Jo
Combing over the rankings, the possibilities are a bit thin, although there are the usual suspects:

class of 88′, the 25 yr. olds – del Po (he is fulfilling expectation nicely). Gulbis? still a question mark on him winning a tournament bigger than a 250 and breaking into top 20. Cilic – also questionable.

class of 89′ – Nishikori, Paire…
class of 90′ – Raonic, V. Pospisil, Young…
class of 91′ – Dimitrov, Tomic, Harrison, Joao Sousa…
class of 92′ – Jiri Vessely, Jack Sock, Carrena-Busta from Spain and a host of names from South America, mainly Argentina that I can’t remember now. Then this kid Kyrgios but not holding my breath.

But, no, Jo. No one that impresses like Sampras, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Andy Murray have. Still have hopes up for del Potro to contest the
masters and grand slams with the big 3. I have not given up on Tsonga but have doubts about Berdych winning a grand slam.


pigoonse Says:

Almost forgot Jerzy Janovic – If he can stay healthy, he could be an exciting addition but seems injury-prone.


I Love Tennis Says:

@pigoonse,

yes, very impressed when i first saw Jerzy Janovic played,he is an exciting player, then i watched Pierre-Hueges Herbert in Paris and i wanted to see more from him, for me he looks confident playing against top players. Hope they can make a breakthrough come 2014.

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