“Grass Is My Favorite Surface”: Nick Kyrgios Announces His Return Date Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 04/28/2021, 8:56 AM EDT
Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)


Australian tennis ace Nick Kyrgios has been a stranger to tennis since the Australian Open 2021. He has refrained from traveling because of the coronavirus pandemic and thus is not playing a part in the ongoing clay-court season.

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But Kyrgios is looking towards a comeback for the grass-court season that succeeds the clay season. His participation has now been confirmed in the new ATP 250 event in Mallorca, Spain.

Nick Kyrgios in action during his third-round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

The tournament itself confirmed Kyrgios‘ participation. In a video message, Kyrgios revealed he will play in Mallorca for the first time by participating in the new ATP grass-court event.

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“Hey guys, Nick Kyrgios here. Super excited to be going to Mallorca, Have never had the opportunity to play there before.”

Nick Kyrgios excited about his return

Mallorca Open was a former WTA event and now is a part of the ATP 250 series. It is played on grass, which is particularly favored by Nick Kyrgios. He is in dire need of match practice ahead of Wimbledon and the rest of the season.

“I am really excited, haven’t played much tennis, grass is my favorite surface. So to be coming to Spain and Mallorca, I am super excited going there, see what I can do, and hopefully create some memories there.”

Mallorca Open is scheduled between June 20th to 26th. The tournament will play the lead to Wimbledon Championships 2021, scheduled to begin on the 28th of June. Although absent from the clay-court season, especially the French Open, Kyrgios is expected to participate in Wimbledon.

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In the past year, Kyrgios has played just two tournaments. His 2020 season ended prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the 2021 season started in Australia, he played Melbourne 2 and then Australian Open 2021, before again taking a break.

At the Australian Open, Kyrgios was beaten by Dominic Thiem. Kyrgios has been vocal about tennis during the pandemic, and he himself has refrained from traveling far from Australia. But, with the pandemic still prevalent, he soon had to play tournaments to continue his career.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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