“I Don’t Feel the Emotions as Much I Used to”: Nick Kyrgios Makes Worrying Admission After Citi Open Loss

Published 08/04/2021, 2:52 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 12: Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts in his Men’s Singles third round match against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day five of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 12, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)


Despite the end of the extravagant Summer Games, tennis action continues in galore. With guaranteed entertainment, courtesy of a power-packed lineup, the Citi Open 2021 kicked off in exuberant style. Notably, the return of a certain Nick Kyrgios was the highlight of the tournament on day 2. The defending champion played his first game against World No. 107, Mackenzie McDonald. However, while fans expected a straightforward win for the Australian, Mackenzie had a different script to play out.

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Surrounded by fans, the arena was buzzing in hopes of an enthralling battle. However, what followed was a half-hearted display from Nick against Mackenzie’s dominant gameplay. Looking out of touch and off-balance, Nick was far from at his best. As a result, the American used his counterpart’s lack of focus to his advantage and defeated Nick in straight sets. The crowd watched in silence as Nick walked out in despair. Reflecting upon the loss now, Nick opened up on a mixed bag of feelings.

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“I’m a competitor but I feel as if I just don’t take it”- Nick Kyrgios

Detailing his feelings post the shock defeat, Nick explained how a shift in his mentality is affecting his performance on the court. While fans wonder about the reason for the Australian’s loss of interest in the game, many speculate recurring injuries to be the cause of the issue. Highly energized once, the 26-year-old now plays with a rather laid-back, cautious attitude.

He said, “I never want to lose. Like, I’m a competitor. But I just feel as if I don’t take it- it’s weird. When I’m out on the court, I’m not like- I don’t– like I don’t feel the severity of breakpoints, I don’t feel the pressure like I used to. I don’t know. It’s like I don’t feel the emotions as much as I used to when I’m on court.”

Reflecting upon his poor performance, he further added, “Ultimately, like, I know I can’t be too hard on myself. I haven’t played a lot of matches or any of that type of stuff. I’m not going to talk bullshit, I played pretty average. My body feels pretty average.” 

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Disinterested Kyrgios, disappointed fans

Not long ago, Nick’s antics were seen at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. However, against all efforts of starting strong, Nick fell victim to a mid-tournament injury and was ruled out for the rest of the competition. As a result, he also withdrew from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hence, his return to the court was much awaited, but not readily timed.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Undoubtedly, fans long to see the Nick Kyrgios they once looked forward to seeing. However, the future seems uncertain for the Australian, as unfortunate injuries and shock defeats lurk over him, knocking on the doors of a possible early retirement.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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