Nick Kyrgios Openly Calls Out the Unfair Advantage for European Players on the ATP Tour

Published 06/18/2022, 1:14 AM EDT
Mar 23, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) talks to the chair umpire during a changeover against Adrian Mannarino (FRA) (not pictured) in a first round men’s singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Kyrgios, the Australian tennis ace, is an outspoken person who doesn’t like to keep his thoughts to himself. In fact, he sometimes faces major consequences because of the same. Even so, Kyrgios never shy away from raising questions that pester him.

Speaking of which, currently, the Aussie is participating in grass-based tournaments in Germany. On Wednesday, after securing a position in the quarterfinals of the Halle Open, he had a few thoughts to share regarding how much non-European players have to travel in a year.

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Nick Kyrgios about the distribution of tournaments

Kyrgios, while addressing to the press post his fourth round tussle with Stefanos Tsitsipas, spoke about how European players have it easier than others as they don’t have to travel around a lot.

He said, “European players can play clay court all year around and finish like 70 in the world. And they don’t even have to leave. Where an Australian player has to travel six months a year and not see his family, not see his friends. I have played five events this year and I am like 50 in the world and I have to travel.”

Mar 23, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) hits a forehand against Adrian Mannarino (FRA) (not pictured) in a first round men’s singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Thereafter, he added, “So if I have six grass courts in Australia, I would never leave the country. Like I would never leave the country. Why I would leave the country? I don’t even know some of the people in top 100 I am being serious. I don’t know them.” 

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Further, Kyrgios defeated the current world No.6 in sets of 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 on 15th June to secure a match against former World No.10, Pablo Carreño Busta in the ATP 500 event. He will lock horns with the Spaniard on 17th June in Owl Arena.

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Mar 23, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) hits a backhand against Adrian Mannarino (FRA) (not pictured) in a first round men’s singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The right-handed tennis ace, who is playing the ATP Halle Open, was pitted against Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarter-finals and defeated the Spaniard in straight sets. Looking at his record on grass, it seems likely that Kyrgios will make it big at the upcoming Wimbledon Championships.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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