“Don’t Really Care”: Nick Kyrgios Disregards Jim Courier’s Remarks on His Australian Open 2021 Chances

Published 02/05/2021, 4:30 AM CST
Tennis – Australian Open – Fourth Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo


Maverick Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has responded to former Grand Slam champion Jim Courier’s comments on his readiness and preparation for the upcoming Australian Open.

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The four-time former Grand Slam champion had said that a lot of how Kyrgios would fare on his return to Grand Slam action on his home turf would depend on the kind of work he put in during his pre-season block.

Courier said Nick Kyrgios’ Australian Open chances will depend on his pre-season work

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The American said that the 26-year-old should be a good frame of mind, having spent a considerable amount of time with his family and loved ones after taking a break from tennis. The Australian had even come out and spoken about his struggles with depression.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his Men’s Singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

On his chances at the Australian Open, Courier said, …we’ll figure that out once play gets underway because that’s when you know – the ocean recedes and you can see who’s been swimming with their clothes on or who’s been swimming naked.”

Reacting to Courier’s take at a press conference after crashing out of the ongoing Melbourne ATP event on Friday, Kyrgios said, “These past legends like I appreciate if they’re positive and then…I mean I have experienced some weird stuff from these past legends… So I don’t really care.”

Kyrgios crashed out of Melbourne ATP after losing to Borna Coric

The Australian struggled to bring out his A-game in his fourth-round clash against Spaniard Borna Coric on Friday, eventually going down 3-6, 4-6.

Kyrgios, who looked to be struggling with a left-knee niggle during the match, had one of his infamous meltdowns as he smashed his racquet on the turf and sent it flying to the empty stands at the Melbourne arena. His fiery outburst fetched him a point penalty from the chair umpire, leaving him even more upset.

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The Australian said it doesn’t matter who he is drawn against at the Australian Open as when he produces his best tennis, he generally wins. Often seen as the controversy’s child in the contemporary men’s game, Kyrgios would be eyeing his maiden Grand Slam win at the Australian Open this year.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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