“Never Cut Down His Tennis”: Nick Kyrgios Clarifies His Remarks About Casper Ruud at Citi Open 2021

Published 08/02/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his second round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Nick Kyrgios and Casper Ruud recently had engaged in an unfriendly banter with one another. The Australian has now taken the high ground, speaking well of the Norwegian youngster at the Citi Open 2021.

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Kyrgios does not like clay courts, and it is not a secret in the world of tennis. Hence, when he learned that Ruud is flourishing there, he decided to take a fun jab at him.

The Aussie called Ruud out for playing clay tournaments just to steal points. Over that, the 22-year-old responded that he won three clay-court titles in three weeks, whereas the Aussie stays at home most of the year.

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Nick Kyrgios clarifies the Casper Ruud situation

Now, during the pre-tournament presser in Washington, the defending champion opened up on what he thinks about Ruud’s game.

“He’s got amazing discipline, obviously a great player. I never cut down his tennis. Great player,” Kyrgios said.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Norway’s Casper Ruud in action during his quarter final match Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Juan Medina

Notably, Ruud completed the July hattrick, winning the Swedish Open, Swiss Open, and the Austrian Open.

“That works for him. If that’s what’s going to work best for his career, that’s great,” Kyrgios added.

While known for his unfiltered opinions, the Aussie star is one of the genuine entertainers in tennis. However, it is also fair that many find it hard to grasp his ideas.

Moreover, during the interview, Kyrgios shocked the reporters by hinting at early retirement. Although he has played only limited tennis, he said he is at a “strange” place in his career.

What’s next for Kyrgios in 2021?

On many occasions, Kyrgios has also expressed his mixed feelings regarding tennis. However, this time around, he is grateful to be playing on the ATP Tour.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

After playing in Atlanta last week, Kyrgios will face American Mackenzie McDonald in Citi Open 2021 R1. Also, he is in the same half of the draw as Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

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All in all, while the Aussie maverick doesn’t shy from speaking his heart, he also produces some of the most intense tennis matches. Hopefully, he will contribute a lot more to the tennis world with his exceptional playing style.

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Does Kyrgios have a game enough to win the upcoming Grand Slam?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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