Nick Kyrgios is back into competitive mode as he looks to get off to a good start at the Delray Beach Open in Florida. The Aussie will face Tommy Paul in the first round. He is also the top seed at an ATP event for the very first time in his career.
Nick Kyrgios loves Delray Open
The ATP 250 event Delray Beach Open is one of Nick’s favorite tournaments on the Tour. Apart from the beautiful setting in Florida, the event also attracts a lot of young American players. Nick has a bond with many young American tennis players.
In his opening clash, Kyrgios will face Tommy Paul, another one of his good friends. Paul is a 22-year old American who has started catching people’s attention with his tennis. He made it to the third round of Australian Open in January, beating Grigor Dimitrov in an enticing 5 sets match.
“A lot of my friends play here,” said Kyrgios. “It’s good to see guys like Jack on the court again. Obviously, playing one of my best friends Tommy first round.”
The ‘Jack’ here is none other than Jack Sock, another one of Nick’s close friends. Sock had a woeful season in 2019 as it was mired with injuries and early exits from events. However, the American is now fit and back on the Tour once again. The two practiced together as they prepared for the tournament to kick-off.
The Delray event also houses a basketball court not too far from the player lounge. One more factor that makes it one of the more enjoyable events for Nick Kyrgios. An avid basketball fan, Nick makes it a point to play on the basketball too.
“Delray is somewhere I feel extremely comfortable. I always have one of my favorite weeks of the year. Obviously the basketball court is a big part of it.”
All eyes will be on Kyrgios as everyone waits to see how he performs after a good start to the season. The World No. 21 was forced to pull out of the New York Open last week due to issues with his shoulder tendon. But the man knows just how good he can be and is never really short of confidence.
“I’m always confident. I’ve pretty much beaten every player on the tour and I’ve done it my way, so confidence I don’t really lack.”