“Tennis Is More Fun with You”: Analyst Advises Nick Kyrgios to Remove Retirement Thoughts From his Mind

Published 10/02/2021, 9:54 AM EDT
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates victory after winning the Men’s Final match against Ryan Harrison of the USA during day eight of the 2018 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 7, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


After Team World lost in Laver Cup 2021, Nick Kyrgios dropped hints at drawing the curtains on his professional tennis career. He performed poorly at the tournament and lost in both the singles and doubles events. Furthermore, the Australian stated that it would be his final tournament of the 2021 season.

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Kyrgios is widely known as one of the most dramatic tennis players of all time. Outside of his antics, he possesses a very unorthodox kind of gameplay. His delicate shot-making ability and elegant game have earned him supporters all around the world, as well as victories against all of the game’s best players.

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Tennis analyst urges Nick Kyrgios to stay in the sport

Kyrgios said it would surely be his last tournament of the year, after an unsatisfactory performance at Laver Cup. The Australian also gave some early retirement hints at Laver Cup 2021.

ATLANTA, GA – JULY 29: Nick Kyrgios of Australia is seen during a match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain at the Truist Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 29, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Casey Sykes/Getty Images)

To this devastating news, Tennis analyst Mark Petchey encouraged the Australian to take his time and urged him to stay in the sport.

He tweeted, “Not sure where you are in the world right now but take your time, think about what makes you happy, and make the decision that suits you best but there are many in tennis who want to see you stay in the sport. You are a long-time retired. Tennis is more fun with you in it.”

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Kyrgios’ awful performance at Laver Cup

The Aussie started his Laver Cup with the opening match against Word No. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas. The latter dominated throughout the match and was an eventual winner with a score of 6-3, 6-4.

In his second match, he partnered with America’s John Isner for the doubles event. The pair graciously won the first set against Stefanos Tsitsipas/Andrey Rublev. However, the experienced duo from Team Europe took the match deep and were victorious in the end.

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Sep 25, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Team Europe player Stefanos Tsitsipas defeats Team World player Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-4 at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Richard Cashin-USA TODAY Sports

As of now, Kyrgios has decided to withdraw from the rest of the 2021 season. However, it would really be fascinating to see whether the Australian will return for the 2022 season.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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