Nick Kyrgios hasn’t played outside of Australia in 14 months, but reports suggest that’s about to change.
Nick Kyrgios will reportedly return to the tennis tour in time for the grasscourt season in June.
The 25-year-old hasn’t played outside Australia since withdrawing from a tournament in Acapulco in February, 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 shutdown.
He returned for the Murray River Open and Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this year, losing in the third round to Dominic Thiem at the opening grand slam tournament of the season.
Kyrgios also partnered with good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis in the men’s doubles, reaching the second round.
But since then he hasn’t been sighted on the ATP Tour, preferring to stay in Australia.
He’s already bypassed the clay-court season in the lead-up to Roland Garros, which starts next month.
But sources have told the Sydney Morning Herald that he will play the grasscourt swing in June, with the Stuttgart Open the likely scene of his return.
That would give him the option of playing either the Halle Open in Germany, or Queen’s Club in London the following week, to tune up before Wimbledon.
Kyrgios’ best grand slam performance came at Wimbledon in 2014, where he made the quarter-finals as a 19-year-old wildcard, defeating second seed Rafael Nadal along the way.
While the ATP and WTA Tours have continued in recent months without crowds, Kyrgios said after his Australian Open loss in February that quarantine and empty stadiums weren’t for him.
“I don’t know how I’ll [play if I] have to quarantine overseas in tournaments. For me personally, man, I’m used to playing in front of packed stadiums,” Kyrgios said.
“I’m not gonna force myself around the world when the time is not right where I have to quarantine for a week and then play. I don’t know. I’m not too sure what lies head. That’s just not me. I just don’t think it’s right. I’m not gonna force myself to play.”
Kyrgios will also play the US Open, having recently confirmed that via social media.
“US Open, I’ll see you this year,” he wrote.
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