The complex health situation due to the pandemic and restrictions in every corner of the world have led Nick Kyrgios to remain in Australia almost all the time over the past year. The Canberra talent, who has not set foot on the pitch since the Australian Open, has recently announced that he will take part in the season on grass.
The Australian left the stage in the third round at Melbourne Park, after coming close to defeating Dominic Thiem (forced to come back two sets to enter the round of 16). Kyrgios will be one of the protagonists of the Mallorca ATP, which will take place in June with a decent audience in the stands.
Mallorca had already hosted a WTA level tournament, but last year the organizers managed to get permission to set up an ATP event as well. Together with Nick, there will be players of the caliber of Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.
The tournament director is Rafael Nadal's uncle, Toni, who welcomed Kyrgios’s decision to fly to the Balearic island before Wimbledon. According to the Iberian, the former ATP number 13 has all it takes to attract fans after the retirement of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Toni said: "Nick Kyrgios is a star of the ATP Tour, there is no doubt about that. After Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, he is one of the players most followed by the public, perhaps even the most loved by the new generations."
At 26, there is a feeling that Nick has never really shown all of his immense talent. By limiting his speech to the Grand Slams, Kyrgios never went beyond the quarter-finals (reached at the Australian Open in 2015 and at Wimbledon the year before).
"Nick is a very good player, who is able to give a lot of show on the court. Kyrgios' choice to play the Mallorca tournament is great news for us. I hope that his presence will induce many fans to follow the matches," said Toni.
Rafael Nadal dominates Roger Federer and Djokovic in one statistic
Rafael Nadal will surely be remembered as one of the best tennis players of all time and the Spanish champion has over the years strung record after record, surpassing all his opponents.
His best stats come on clay, but overall the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles is the player with the best win-loss rate in tennis history. Thanks to the recent title victory in the ATP 500 in Barcelona, Rafa has again surpassed world number one Novak Djokovic: for years now the two of them have been dueling on this particular statistic, in front of all the other opponents and quite clearly the other member of the Big Three Roger Federer.
With Nadal's victory in Barcelona and Novak Djokovic's defeat against Aslan Karatsev in the semifinal of the Serbia Open in Belgrade there was a new overtaking and with the record of 83.12% Nadal is the tennis player with the highest victory percentage of the history of tennis.
Rafael Nadal's numbers are incredible, the Spaniard has won 1015 victories and 206 defeats in his career, Novak Djokovic's record of 946 wins and 194 defeats is ahead with a percentage just under 82.98%. In this particular ranking Roger Federer is fourth with 82.04% but it must be recognized that the Swiss has played almost 300 more games than Nadal and almost 400 more games than Novak Djokovic.
In the Top Ten of all time there is also the British Andy Murray, in tenth place, and once again showing his great career results. Here is the Top Ten of tennis players with the best win percentage of all time, we also see other tennis legends such as Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe.
Rafael Nadal (1015-206) 83.12% (Win rate)
Novak Djokovic (946-194) 82.98%
Bjorn Borg (654-140) 82.36%
Roger Federer (1243-272) 82.04%
Jimmy Connors (1274-283) 81.82%
John McEnroe (883-198) 81.68%
Ivan Lendl (1068-242) 81.52%
Rod Laver (576-146) 79.77%
Pete Sampras (762-222) 77.44%
Andy Murray (677-202) 77.02%