World Number 30 Nick Kyrgios kick-started his 2020 season in the best possible way. He defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-6(4) on the opening day of the ATP Cup. Also, the Australian raised US $4000 for the bushfire victims in his home country by hitting a score of aces.
Six months probation on the ATP Tour
Going back in time, in September 2019 Nick Kyrgios was imposed deferred suspension until February 2020 for his meltdowns in Cincinnati, Ohio. Referring to his probationary period the Australian spoke about his efforts to fix his on-court behavior. And he has been working on his mental health.
“Yeah, I mean, I’ve been seeing a psychologist,” Kyrgios said. He was found to have committed an “Aggravated Behavior” under the Player Major Offense provision in the ATP Code.
On Friday it was the first time Kyrgios played a professional match during his probationary period. He is not really bothered it, at present, he is determined to give his best at ATP Cup. “I’m not thinking about it at all. I know when I’m in a team environment I’m not worried at all. It’s more so when I’m just traveling and it’s been a couple of weeks in a row where things can get a little out of hand. But I’m not thinking about it,” he added.
“If I do happen to cross the line, I cross the line” – Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios is often seen pouring out his emotions while playing a match. He destroys his racquets, throws bottles and chairs, rants with the chair umpire and sometimes quarrels with the audience. Nick also disrespects his opponents verbally or slams a ball on them.
He certainly claims all these outbursts are due to his involvement in the play. “I’m always going to go out there and play with emotion and if I do happen to cross the line, I cross the line. That’s just how it is. But I feel good,” he mentioned.
Charity act from Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios is labeled as the ‘bad boy’ of tennis. However, his delightful gesture of charity towards bushfires in Australia depicts the kind side of him. “Not really. I’ve been doing stuff like that for the last three, four years. You guys just choose to say what you want to notice. So I’m just going to keep doing whatever I want to do and you can keep publishing what you want to publish,” Kyrgios stated.
Kyrgios is committed to donating US$ 200 for every ace he hits during the Australian summer season for the bushfire victims of his nation.
On Day One of the ATP Cup Team Australia won all their matches. Up next the Australians will take on the Canadians in their second tie in Brisbane.