“Can’t Serve 100%”: Nick Kyrgios Delays Grass-Court Return, Raises Doubts Over Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/06/2021, 12:07 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios with fans after winning his second round match against France’s Ugo Humbert. Crowd capacity for this years event has been capped at 30,000 following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Nick Kyrgios, the bad boy of Tennis and yet a crowd puller, is someone who lifts the atmosphere even if it is about an ATP 250 event. However, the same man is also clay phobic and mostly keeps himself away from it. Largely, this is because his heavy groundstrokes do not produce the same impact with the ball’s flat movement on clay. 

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However, the Australian loves grass and has improved his game to play as good on the green as he does on hard courts. Hence, his fans had anticipated that the man, after missing out on Roland Garros 2021, would surely hit it high on the grass season. However, the latest update suggests otherwise.

Nick Kyrgios to miss the ATP event at Stuttgart 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios speaks with umpire Marijana Veljovic regarding the net during his second round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Recently, the 26-YO, who has been very active on Instagram and Twitter lately, posted something heartbreaking. He uploaded a 30-second clip from his second-round game against Rafael Nadal from Wimbledon 2019. In that iconic and memorable game, Nadal had beaten Nick 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

With that clip, the star also wrote a caption where he revealed that he has withdrawn from Stuttgart 2021. The 6’4” player detailed how his neck has some pain that has kept him from serving at his 100% best.

Now, considering his massive and unorthodox serve is a major part of his artillery, the decision only seems valid.

The major concern with this message is his availability for Wimbledon 2021. After the ATP tournaments in Stuttgart and Mallorca, Wimbledon will begin from June 28th, leaving just three weeks for Nick Kyrgios to get back his fitness.

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Nick Kyrgios Sends Out Another Motivational Message, Asks Fans to Accept Failure

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When was the last time the Aussie played?

Well, Nick being Nick, he can skip tournaments, lose seeding, and not pay any heed. In 2020, he almost missed the entire year of Tennis while only playing the Australian Open.

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In that tournament, he almost defeated Dominic Thiem after taking the first two sets. However, amidst overwhelming crowd support, the star spent too much of his energy in crowd interaction and lost grip on his game to lose the third-round tie.

Since then, all that Nick has done is roast Kyle Kuzma on Twitter, play basketball, work on his fitness, and prepping for the grass season. So how do you see it, would he be back this month? Help us know your opinion in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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