Nick Kyrgios’ announcement stuns the tennis world
Nick Kyrgios stunned the tennis world with the sad admission that he does not know how long he will play again.
Australian star did not inspire Team World at the Laver Cup on Saturday, losing 6-3 6-4 to world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in Boston.
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Speaking in a post-match interview, Kyrgios considered how long he would stay on the ATP tour after suffering his fifth straight singles loss.
Kyrgios said he was finishing his season after the Laver Cup and wanted to return home to be with his sick mother.
“This is probably my last Laver Cup,” said the 26-year-old.
“I don’t know how long I’ll be playing tennis.
“This is my last event of the year. I will have my body right before the Australian Open.
“My mother is not doing very well with her health. I would like to return to see her.”
Not even a new haircut, with an accelerated tennis ball motif across the back, could do much to help Kyrgios – who has said his touring career may soon end.
“As long as I’m on the pitch I’ll try to do my best,” he said.
“But I’m not going to lie and say I’m going to plan to play four or five more years on tour.”
Fans were saddened by the revelation that the end of Kyrgios’ career could be near.
Team Europe extends Laver Cup lead
Tsitsipas, which came under scrutiny at the US Open for the timing and length of his mid-game bathroom breaks which critics considered unfair play, did not leave the pitch on Saturday but did require a break to replace a worn pair of shoes during his Victoire.
This time there could be no argument as Tsitsipas was in control of the match and had a clear reason for the stoppage.
At the start of the second set, he interrupted his own serve play at 15-15 and took several minutes to put on new laces before finally deciding to put on new shoes, as the original pair weren’t holding up well. on the inner surface.
When play resumed, Tsitsipas used his serve to overwhelm Kyrgios and control the rally before finally sealing the victory with a solid forehand.
Alexander Zverev was pushed to three tiebreakers by American John Isner in the second game of the day, but ultimately prevailed.
Germany’s Zverev won 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 10-5 to give Europe a 7-1 point lead.
The first team to reach 13 points wins the Laver Cup, with four matches scheduled per day.
Each victory is worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday and three on Sunday.
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