Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios is set for his return to tennis in Melbourne on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Australian star will take on Frenchman Alexandre Muller in the Murray River Open draw.
Kyrgios, who has been outspoken against playing during the pandemic, hasn’t hit a ball on tour since retiring in the first round of Acapulco 11 months ago.
Recently in a pre-event press conference, Kyrgios said he didn’t miss the game during the lockdown.
“I’m not going to lie. I didn’t miss the game that much,” said Kyrgios.
“I’m a competitor. I compete with everything I do. I was playing computer games, that kind of stuff, getting my little competitive edge there. I didn’t really miss the game at all.
“I don’t miss too many people on tour to be honest, apart from all the Australian guys and a couple of good friends.
“It was a bit of a task to get out there, get in the routine of things. Wake up and say, ‘Look, we got the Australian Open around the corner, let’s put some work in’. It wasn’t so easy.”
Kyrgios says the layoff has refreshed his attitude.
“Last year was a crazy year. I was incredibly lucky to just be with my family and friends and just kind of reset on everything,” Kyrgios said. “I feel mentally completely refreshed, ready to go again.”
Also playing today in the MRO draw are Gilles Simon and Viktor Troicki. On opening day, Jeremy Chardy ousted former Australian finalist Marin Cilic in a final set breaker, Richard Gasquet fell to Mackenzie Macdonald and Alex Bolt eliminated Thanasi Kokkinakis in an all-Australian affair.
In the Great Ocean Road Open yesterday, Kevin Anderson knocked out Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 in the match of the day.
Tuesday will see Sam Querrey, Tennys Sandgren and Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz in action.
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