“Team World Practices”: Nick Kyrgios Trains With Milos Raonic Ahead of US Open 2021 Series

Published 07/20/2021, 2:26 AM EDT
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


The summer of 2021 took a toll on many players, which has led to many withdrawals from the Tokyo Olympics. Nick Kyrgios is one of the many athletes who injured himself during the Wimbledon Championships and withdrew from the Olympics. However, the Aussie does not rest when he is off the court.

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Kyrgios has been practicing with fellow Canadian star, Milos Raonic. The duo was practicing ahead of the US Open which will take place later in August. Raonic also withdrew from the Tokyo Olympic Games this year.

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The year ahead for Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic

Nick Kyrgios picked up an injury at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, as he followed up with an ab strain. Milos Raonic withdrew from the event in Tokyo as well due to an injury in his calf. He has been out of action for a while now and did not feature at Wimbledon as well.

Milos and Nick were practicing together for the next major event, the US Open. Nick also posted a video on his story of the two players practicing.

After losing a rally to Raonic, Kyrgios threw his racquet up in the air out of frustration. The tournament kicks off in New York on the 30th of August.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Milos Raonic of Canada shows his dejection during his Gentlemen’s Singles second round match against Sam Querrey of USA on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The year so far for Kyrgios and Raonic

Nick has played only three tournaments this year, the Melbourne Open, the Australian Open, and the Wimbledon Championships. He has missed out on a major part of the year because of injuries. Raonic has not played a single competitive game since March, as he lost to Hubert Hurkacz at the Miami Open.

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The pair will look to represent Team World at the Laver Cup this year, beginning from September. This will be the fourth edition of the men’s team event between Europe and rest of the world.

Kyrgios and Raonic have played together in two of the last three editions of the Laver Cup. Last year’s tournament had to be shifted to this year, as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Team World is yet to beat Europe in the Laver Cup, as they have lost all of the previous editions.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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