Nick Kyrgios to Miss Clay-Court Season, Likely to Make a Comeback Before Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 04/12/2021, 11:13 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios during his first round match against Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios is one of the most enthralling athletes in the tennis community. Living up to his expectations, he built a night to remember at the Australian Open third-round this year. However, he has now announced unfortunate news regarding his clay-court season.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 12: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates a point 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)

The 25-year-old did not participate in any tournament after the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak last year. Consequently, the Aussie star settled for a 6-3 win-loss record in 2020.

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But the current World No. 57 felt much better resuming his career in home tournaments this year. Thus, he played the Australian Open lead-up event in Melbourne and eventually the Happy Slam itself. These are the only two tournaments he has participated in so far, obtaining a 4-2 win-loss record.

Since the clay-court swing is ready with some eminent tournaments, one might expect him to redeem his lost time. Conversely, Nick Kyrgios has decided to skip the entire clay-court season and aims to return to the grass-court season.

There is no apparent reason why the Aussie star has chosen to skip playing on the red dirt. Moreover, it would have been very exciting to see him play through the season.

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Nick Kyrgios last played against Austrian World No.4 Dominic Thiem in an epic 5-setter encounter at the Australian Open 2021. In that match, the Australian dropped a two-set lead to end his campaign there. Even so, he brought out one of the loudest crowds in tennis history.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021, Austria’s Dominic Thiem with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios after winning their third-round match REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Following that, Nick also participated in the doubles’ tournament at the Happy Slam with friend and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis. They lost to fourth-seeded Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot in the second round, 6-3, 6-4.

The clay-court swing would have been a perfect chance for him to build on his rhythm. However, he has decided to play on his favored court season, the grass-court season.

There is still hope that he might decide to play one of the tournaments on red dirt later on. But considering Nick, it seems very unlikely.

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Undoubtedly, his affluent charm would be missing throughout the clay-court season. Hopefully, he would be geared up and ready to come back in a couple of months.

Currently, all top players are competing for the Monte-Carlo Masters title. Nick might return at Halle Open, which starts on June 14, 2021. He will then participate in the prestigious Wimbledon Championships 2021.

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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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