“Showman”: Toni Nadal Rates Nick Kyrgios Greatest Tennis Star After Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic

Published 05/03/2021, 1:42 PM 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, who played his last match at the Australian Open, has recently announced his decision to play at the inaugural ATP 250 grass-court tournament at Mallorca, Spain. The event starts on the 20th of June, immediately after the Halle Open.

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The ATP Mallorca is a decent addition to the existing grass-court calendar, which has limited tournaments for fans to watch before heading into the Wimbledon Championships. While the organizers are yet to reveal the complete list of players participating at Mallorca, Nick Kyrgios becomes one of the few top players to enter the event.

Nick Kyrgios is all set to come back at the Mallorca Championships

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The Australian likes to play on fast-paced surfaces as his game suits the best over there. Also, he always likened grass courts to clay and played fewer tournaments on the red dirt. Having a player like Kyrgios at Mallorca might help the event reach more people as the Aussie has a devoted fan base.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 12: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates after winning 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)

Talking about having Nick Kyrgios at the Mallorca Championships, tournament director Toni Nadal felt that the Aussie is one of the most-watched players on the ATP tour besides Big-3.

Nick is a star on the ATP Tour. A showman. After the ‘Big 3’, he is one of the greatest tennis stars in the world, being the most followed player by the younger generations,” Toni commented.

The entire tennis world knows the feud between Kyrgios and Nadal. The Australian has always been vocal about the time Nadal takes to serve and even went to the extent of mimicking him at the Australian Open last year to prove his point.

Kyrgios needs to think beyond his wins against the Big-3

Even though the tennis community lauds Kyrgios’ talents on-court, it’s the blunt disregard towards his peers that draws him flak. The Aussie always boasts about him being one of the few players to defeat the Big-3 (Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer) and considers it a remarkable achievement.

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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

It’s indeed a tremendous feat to defeat the likes of Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal on any given day, but Kyrgios has to thrash them consistently on tour to receive more credit. When he plays tennis with utmost focus, Kyrgios can be a menace on-court.

Unfortunately, the Aussie plays only to entertain the crowd and not to win titles. Hence, the same entertainment is guaranteed at the upcoming Mallorca Championships and the players to feature alongside Nick Kyrgios remains to be seen.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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