Former world No. 13 Nick Kyrgios has admitted that he has lost the feel for the game and he thinks lack of matches might have caused it. Kyrgios, who has appeared in just five tournaments this season, suffered a 6-4 6-4 loss to Mackenzie McDonald in the Washington first round on Tuesday.
The Washington event didn't take place last year, and since Kyrgios won it all at the tournament in 2019, he returned as defending champion. “I’m not feeling the severity of certain points, and I don’t feel the pressure as much as obviously playing week in, week out,” Kyrgios said, per Tennis Majors.
“You feel when you kind of have to press, when you kind of have to relax, when you kind of coast, when you kind of push. I don’t really feel like my body and my mind quite understand the severity of some points here or there because I haven’t played that much”.
Kyrgios feeling a bit lost
“It’s like I don’t feel the emotions as much as I used to when I’m on court,” Kyrgios said. “I look around and the crowd is there. I don’t know what it is.
I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how to feel. I just don’t feel as if I’m in the moment as I used to be, I guess”. Kyrgios hasn't played a lot of tennis over the last year and a half. Kyrgios' last tournaments of the 2020 season came in February and he has played just five tournaments this season.
“I feel like I actually enjoyed my tennis more when it was so up and down,” Kyrgios said. “Like you see me today, like I’m losing and I’m barely getting angry. I actually miss the days when I was losing and I was carrying on and I was getting fined and I was throwing my racquets, I was carrying on.
“That just meant that I just cared a lot. Do you know what I mean? Like I actually cared what was happening. Now I lose and I’m actually happy for the other guy. Back then, I couldn’t stand the other guy. Now I’m like… I don’t know, I don’t know.
I always had this theory when people got angry when they’re losing, really angry, that it was a sign that they cared. Do you know what I mean? Like it’s positive. Now, I don’t know. It’s weird, man. It’s really weird”.