After the final at Wimbledon, probably the most important match of his career, Nick Kyrgios took a short break and returned to the field overnight in the ATP tournament in Washington, an event he has already won in the past, exactly in 2019.
Excellent performance for Nick who easily beat the American Marcus Giron, defeated with a clear 6-3; 6-2. At the press conference, the Australian tennis player talked about the match and many issues. Here are his words: "Last year the tournament in Washington was bitter for me, I lost in the first round and it was a period where many special things were happening.
I didn't have fond memories of Washington, then. Before the match I was nervous, I know I have already won this tournament in the past but I was still worried and I wanted to make a good impression in front of my fans.
I trained hard to improve my tennis, mentally too, and my goal was to make a good show. The words with the audience on the match point? I've done this before, I think it's a good thing for someone who paid to see you play, whether it's a small child or an old woman like this time, I think it's special for them.
Honestly, as a spectator of a tennis match, I would like to have such an experience."
Nick Kyrgios and his new mentality
The tennis player then spoke about the trial against him regarding the accusations of his ex-girlfriend and Nick replied firmly: "I always knew that now I would be here to play.
I have the people I love by my side, I can only play tennis and work, enjoy the world with my beautiful girlfriend. I think only of this. Double and Atlanta's victory? Double is always fun, especially when playing with a friend.
Surely it is better to do double than to train and logically it brings you more money this, winning another title with Thanasi was fantastic. Last week I lost in the first round but this thing gave me more motivation now, it helped me and I think I had an excellent match."
Kyrgios talked about this new mentality: "I am playing for myself and I have a different mentality than in previous years. A couple of years ago, after a great result in the Grand Slam tournaments, I would have slowed down and struggled to find motivation, surely I was more selfish.
It's different now, I was on vacation in the Bahamas but I was training anyway. Giron is one of the top 50 in the world and beating him like this is not easy. I have great motivation. If Wimbledon had given me points I would be in the top 15 in the world, I think I am currently in the top 10 or maybe 5 in the world.
Losing the final hurts but having that opportunity is fantastic. Of course, losing hurts and if I had won Wimbledon, I could say I had achieved the maximum. The Wimbledon final made me even more perfectionist, but in the end this is not the reality.
Nobody plays without making mistakes, not even Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal, we all make mistakes. I have to be kinder to myself."