While preparing to return to the field in early January, Nick Kyrgios granted an interview to The Age in which, among other things, he talked about the Big Three. It would be important for the Australian, for a discourse of spectacle and attractiveness of tennis, that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continue to play for as long as possible.
The numerous physical and non-physical problems that afflict the three giants, however, could prevent them from attending Australia. An absence, that of Federer, is already certain; the return to the field of the Mallorcan is also in strong doubt due to the recent positivity to COVID-19; finally, the most intricate question on the vaccine concerning the number 1 in the world: "I don't know what Novak's situation is at this moment with the whole history of Covid, I don't know what he needs to play," said Kyrgios, expressing all his regret over the possibility of not seeing all the Big Three in Australia at the same time.
"I hope he had a merry Christmas and that he can play tennis for as long as possible: I said earlier that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic should keep playing. If all three are not in Australia, it will be a disaster. It is an absolute disaster for all fans and those who enjoy watching tennis.
Yes, it clearly presents a good opportunity for the younger kids to make their mark and explode, but we need them to continue to be part of our sport, as a whole." Benefiting from a wild card, Nick Kyrgios will return to the court for the Melbourne ATP 250 at the start on 4 January 2022.
A return that will take place after about three months, time in which the Australian has taken care of his body and freeing his mind from harmful pressure: "My knee was something that hindered my career for quite a while, it's an area I've been able to clean and it's a great feeling.
I trained very hard, spending a lot of time on the pitch. I've also played a lot of basketball, living life and doing what I want to do. I have done a lot of work in the gym, although I think every person should work out to some extent in order to feel good and be healthy.
But yes, I enjoyed my tennis. I had some of my closest friends from Canberra. The truth is, I haven't thought of anything about the Australian tour. I'm just taking things day by day, nothing else. There are a lot of things to be anxious about every day, so we'll see.
People might say I'm just minimizing the pressure, but I don't think about any pressure anymore, I just want to have fun. I want to be happy, nothing else."