Nick Kyrgios didn’t miss tennis during last year’s COVID-19 affected season.
That’s the truth and it should come as no surprise.
“I don’t miss too many people on the tour, to be honest. Apart from all the Australian guys,” Kyrgios said at Melbourne Park, ahead of his return at the ATP Murray River Open.
“I’m not going to lie, I didn’t miss the game that much.
“I’m a competitor, I compete with everything I do. But I was playing computer games, all that kind of stuff, getting my little competitive edge there. I didn’t really miss the game at all.
“In my time off I wasn’t thinking about tennis at all. I was going through a couple of off-court things.
“My mum was not so healthy. I was focusing on things that actually matter to me personally. Tennis to me is not my top priority.”
Kyrgios is, though, genuinely keen for the Australian Open. His ranking has dropped to world No.47, meaning he’s set to be a dangerous unseeded floater, and he starts his campaign in the Murray River Open against Frenchman Alexandre Muller.
Kyrgios has played just one match since last year’s Australian Open, a first-up loss to Ugo Humbert at Acapulco way back in February. Having been an outspoken advocate of stringent biosecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, he set tennis aside.
He said that the break had left him “mentally completely refreshed” and he’d been hitting two hours a day for the past few months.
“It was a bit of a task to get out there, get in the routine of things. Wake up and say, ‘Look, we got the Australian Open around the corner, let’s put some work in’. It wasn’t so easy,” he said.
“I feel like I am playing well and am ready to go. Everyone is really playing it by ear. Nobody really knows who is in form and who is not.
“I’m going to take it day by day and try to enjoy myself as much as I can.
“I’m extremely blessed to be here again. I’m not sure how many of these I played now. I definitely feel like I’m a veteran of the tour now.
“I’m just happy to be around it (tennis) again.”
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