‘Not Scared to Go Against the Biggest Names’ -Andy Roddick Makes a Bold Prediction on Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon Championships 2022

Published 06/16/2022, 12:03 AM EDT
Mar 17, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) is upset with the chair umpire for not telling the crowd to quiet down during his quarterfinal match against Rafael Nadal (ESP) at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Kyrgios turned pro in the year 2013. The Australian tennis ace has six singles and two doubles career titles under his name. However, this year has been a bumpy ride for the former World No. 13, as he is without a title.

After skipping the entire clay-court season, he is testing his luck on the grass courts of Halle. Kyrgios made a huge statement with a three-set win over Stefanos Tsitsipas to advance to the last eight. Ahead of this match, Andy Roddick showered the Aussie’s gameplay with compliments.


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Andy Roddick shares his views about Nick Kyrgios

The former World No.1 is famous for his excellent analytical skills. Therefore, when he predicts something, it holds a great potential of turning real. In this case, Roddick has spoken about how Nick Kyrgios can be a massive obstacle for the players aiming for the title at Wimbledon.

He said, ‘The thing about Kyrgios is that can his body hold up? Do we know if he’s been training? One of the things that makes him so fantastic to watch is just we don’t know where his body’s at.”

Thereafter, he explained, “We don’t know where his game is at most of the time. But one thing we do know that the guy can flat out play on grass. He’s not scared to go against the biggest names of the game. Centre Court, big courts, he likes those even more.”


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“So you don’t want to see him if you’re a seeded player anywhere near your name in the first couple of rounds.” 

What’s ahead of Kyrgios?


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Nick Kyrgios, after keeping out of clay-court season, entered the grass swing with Germany as his first destination. He played at Stuttgart Open to reconnect with his game after weeks of absence. The Aussie advanced to the semifinals before crashing out against Andy Murray.

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

However, he seems to have gained the hang of how grass courts function as he is playing excellent tennis in the current Halle Open. Kyrgios thrashed his first opponent with ease in straight sets and earned a top-10 win in his second match.


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The Aussie will look to keep up his form and secure a win over Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to the last four.



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.