Nick Kyrgios finished his 2017 Grand Slam campaign much like the way it began, with another disappointing loss. Kyrgios, who lost second round at the Australian and French and first round at Wimbledon, lost yesterday in four sets to countryman John Millman in the opening round at the US Open.
Kyrgios had just made the Cincinnati finals where he beat Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. But with a bad shoulder yesterday, he couldn’t even win a match in New York.
“I have had a diabolical year at these slams,” Kyrgios said of his injury woes. “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks. It’s just a roller-coaster.
“I have said it before. I had such a good Indian Wells, Miami, and then Davis Cup, we had a good win over America, and then, you know, things just went downhill from there really.
“Obviously I’m disappointed I lost today. It’s not the end of the world. I will get over it in probably half an hour. I will get food and watch the matches. It is what it is.:
Kyrgios doesn’t even know what the issue with his shoulder is or was, but he’s still in the doubles today with good friend Matt Reid.
“The only reason I play doubles is because of my partner,” Kyrgios said. “Obviously Matty Reid, he’s been helping me for this whole year, and, you know, I know it’s big for him to play the US Open dubs. I don’t know. I’m the type of guy that would probably help someone out.”
And his coaching relationship with Sebastien Grosjean is up in the air.
“I’m not good enough for him,” Kyrgios said. “He’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.
“I’m not dedicated to the game at all. You know, he’s helped me a lot, especially with the training, in training sessions.
“There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I’m not that guy.”
So is the answer for Kyrgios that he plays better when he’s not focused on tennis? He seems to think so.
“I wasn’t doing anything different,” he added. “Like in Cincinnati, I was not doing anything different. I was probably less dedicated than I was this week. I was playing basketball at Lifetime Fitness every day for two hours. Like I played an hour of basketball before I played David Ferrer in the semifinal. I was going to ice cream, like this Graeter’s place getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this week I was dedicated, and my shoulder starts hurting. I don’t know.”
No one knows.
Kyrgios though did get fined today by the US Open for dropping an F Bomb and smashing a racquet, a total of $5,500.
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