Nick Kyrgios: No one wanted to play me in Wimbledon first round

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Nick Kyrgios: No one wanted to play me in Wimbledon first round

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios acknowledged that returning to action after a five-month layoff isn't easy but he is hoping to have a positive campaign at Wimbledon. Kyrgios, ranked at No. 61 in the world, hasn't played since suffering a third round loss at the Australian Open in February.

“I know it’s not going to be easy to just turn the switch on, and I can’t expect myself to be playing the best type of tennis that I was maybe a couple years ago at Wimbledon,” Kyrgios said. “I’m not putting too much expectations or pressure on myself, but generally I feel pretty good.

I feel physically not bad. “I’ve been hitting a fair bit on the grass, trying to get two hits a day, trying to find my feet because it’s been almost two years since I’ve been on the grass. It’s been fun just being back here seeing a lot of the tennis world”.

Kyrgios confident in himself

Kyrgios will be an unseeded player at Wimbledon and he believes that no one wanted to play him in the first round. “I know for a fact that no one here wanted to play me first round and I feel completely confident going into this match.

I’m not saying that I’m the favourite, but I know how to play on grass, I’ve won a lot of matches on grass. It’s going to be fun,” Kyrgios said. “I’m the underdog and I feel as if all I can do is just prepare and do as much as I can these next two, three days to get on the court and have fun.

It’s Wimbledon”. Kyrgios has been drawn to play Ugo Humbert, who recently won it all in Halle. “Ugo has been playing some incredible tennis, obviously coming off that title in Halle. He’s been playing exceptionally well and I’m not surprised at all, to be honest,” Kyrgios said.

“What I saw of him in Australia, I feel like I’ve played a lot of players and I’m pretty tactically switched on, and he’s got the game to do some pretty special things in this sport. “I wasn’t surprised when he won that event in Halle and he’s a very good grass-court player.

I know how he can be good on grass. He’s got a very good serve, very good backhand for a lefty, good volleys, so it’s going to be tough”.