Tokyo: Kyrgios wants to focus on his tennis

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Monday, October 03, 2022 at 11:06 p.m.

While he will return to competition this Tuesday in Tokyo, at the same time as an Australian court will rule on an assault case concerning him, Nick Kyrgios first wants to focus on his tennis.

Almost a month after his elimination in the quarter-finals of the US Open by Karen Khachanov, Nick Kyrgios (27, 20th) returns to competition at the Tokyo tournament, where he is seeded n°5 and where he will face the Taiwanese Tseng on Tuesday for his entry into the running. But around the same time, an Australian court will hear his case, in an assault case from December 2021. That doesn’t seem to bother him, though: “I’ve been dealing with this case for months, but I I’m here in Tokyo and I’m just trying to play good tennis, keep up my grip and do my job,” Kyrgios said on the sidelines of the Japanese tournament. He had already not appeared at the initial hearing, for this assault case, the details of which have not been filtered. His lawyer, Michael Kukulies-Smith, had asked for the case to be heard on November 25, arguing that his client spent little time in the Australian capital and that late November was one of his few available windows. In vain…

Kyrgios: ‘I think I can win a Grand Slam’

It is therefore with a somewhat worrying spirit that Nick Kyrgios will resume competition on Tuesday, with his mind still turned to New York, where he dreamed of winning his first Grand Slam tournament, while now already thinking of the Open. from Australia. ” The US Open was a great opportunity. This loss hurt me a lot because I really thought I was the favorite after beating Medvedev. Now I just have to wait for the Australian Open, but I just want to keep my form, the way I play: I want it to continue. I’m doing everything right and I think I can win a Grand Slam for sure. “For the first time since 2018, Nick Kyrgios is in any case still on the circuit in October, when he had gotten into the habit of shortening his seasons. We will even see him at the Rolex Paris Masters the first week of November for the first time in his career.

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