Statement on ATP Decision

Following the ATP’s decision today I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again for the circumstances in Shanghai. The season has been a long one as I battled several injuries and other challenges towards the end of the summer. The Asian circuit was particularly tough after the long week and win in Tokyo and with the travel throughout the continent, my body finally just gave out in Shanghai both physically and mentally. This is no excuse, and I know very well that I need to apologise to the fans – in Shanghai and in other parts of the world – as well as the tournament organisers in Shanghai who do an amazing job. I of course know how important the fans are to the success of our sport and I personally love the interaction with fans in the many different cities throughout the world on the tennis circuit.  I am someone who gives a huge amount of time to my fans because I love and value their support. Their energy is what motivates me to reach for the top of the game. I regret that my year is ending this way and that I will not have a chance to continue chasing the ATP Finals.  This was an important goal for me. I do understand and respect the decision by the ATP and I will use this time off to improve on and off the court. I am truly sorry and look forward to returning in 2017.

NK

Olympics Statement

It is with a heavy heart that I have had to make a decision not to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Coming to this decision has been a lengthy and difficult process, and I am extremely disappointed to have been put in this unfortunate position.

Representing Australia at the Olympic Games has been a dream of mine since I was a kid.  Playing in the Olympics was a goal this year; I planned my tournament schedule around Rio and made sure to fulfil my Olympic eligibility.  Unfortunately, while I have expressed every intention of trying to win a medal for my country in Rio, it’s very clear to me that the Australian Olympic Committee has other plans.

AOC’s unfair and unjust treatment of me over the last four weeks, as well as the organization’s crystal clear position on whether they want me to be a part of the Australian Olympic team, has solidified my final decision.

While I have received assurances from Tennis Australia that I will be nominated for the Olympic team, the AOC has chosen to publicly and privately disparage me.  Not one member of the AOC has reached out to me, my family, my team, or representatives of Tennis Australia, asking for a meeting or the opportunity to discuss their concerns.  The AOC’s unwarranted attacks on me demonstrate the organization’s inability to understand the circumstances surrounding highly competitive sports.  I also don’t want the AOC’s treatment of me to become a distraction and negatively affect the Australian Olympic team.

I am grateful to Tennis Australia for standing by me through this process and nominating me for the team.  I also want to thank the public and the members of the media who have voiced their support.

I am a proud Australian and have always loved representing my country.  I am fortunate to be young enough to hopefully have a chance to wear the green and gold at the Olympics in the future.  I hope that in four years I will find myself in the position to be a part of the Australian Olympic team.

I would like to wish every athlete representing Australia the best of luck this August and will be following their progress and supporting and cheering them from afar.

New Career High For Kyrgios As He Keeps Rising!!

#NkRising 18 More Spots To Go!

#NkRising 18 More Spots To Go!

Following a very good start to 2016 Nick has earned another new career high ranking this week of number 19 on the ATP World Tour.

Nick has won his first ATP title in the first quarter of 2016 as well as beat 5 top 10 players and reach the semi finals of the masters in Miami and the quarters of Madrid.

#NKRising

2015 It’s A Wrap!!

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Hey Guys,

Well it has been a while, probably the longest I’ve gone without writing but as you know there has been a lot going on.

I’ve just got back from the IPTL where I had another unreal experience, I absolutely love the event, the people and everything about it and to top it off we won the whole thing too!! So proud of my Slammers, having finished bottom last year to win it this year is amazing. We changed a few players around and strengthened in some key areas, changed coaches, actually Josh Eagle finished bottom again with the Japanese Warriors so he has to be the weak link!! In all seriousness it was just an unreal experience, having Muzza around for a few days was awesome, I love him he’s so good to be around and everyone knows the history between Stan and I and I was so pleased we were able to put it all behind us and move on for the sake of the Singapore Slammers and the rest of our team. Stan played unreal and clinched the title for us on the last day with some unreal tennis to cap off a great three weeks that I just did not want to end. I’ve truly made some friendships that will last a life time.

Team-work!

I had some annoying news when I got home though, some **** hacked my Instagram account and deleted everything but my team are working on trying to get it reinstated, I’m doubtful it can be done though. I loved my Instagram account, it’s one of my favorite social medial sites and as most of you know I am pretty active on social media. Hopefully we can get it sorted but if not, then I guess we have to just build it up again. Bigger and better!

So this has been my first full year on tour, not bad to finish in the top 30 although I am not someone who looks to put numbers and rankings as my goals at the start of the year and next year will be no different. I will keep focusing on improving as an athlete and a tennis player, working hard to get fitter, stronger, faster whilst aiming to get the best out of my tennis and making gains where possible. I guess if I was asked to name my highlights this year I would say the Australian Open was pretty sick, the Seppi match was unreal, beating Federer in Madrid was special, Wimbledon was good again for me and of course reaching my first tour final in Estoril. I am not sure how I would grade it all but there have been some obvious highlights. Getting my new dog King was a major highlight off the court too!!

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Gotta Love The Muzza!! Except in Grand Slams!!!

2016 will be another big year for me, I am working so hard to hit the ground running and have scheduled in the Hopman Cup, Fast4 in Sydney and Kooyong ahead of the Australian Open, I am hoping to be match tight by the time the Open comes around. I am looking forward to playing the Hopman Cup, it should be a lot of fun and will be awesome to play in Perth again. Rusty, Pat Cash and I will take on the rest of the world in Sydney in Fast4 which will be awesome and then I will return to Kooyong to finalize my prep for the Open in the Priceline Pharmacy Classic, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Anyway guys, I have to make tracks but I wish you all a great Christmas and an awesome 2016. Thank you all for your support in 2015 and I look forward to achieving more in 2016.

 

NK

 

Coaching Change

I wanted to let you know that Todd Larkham and I have mutually agreed to end our professional relationship.  It’s never an easy decision to end a coaching relationship and to do so prior to the start of a Grand Slam is even more difficult.  But I feel that this is the right decision for me at this time.  I will work closely with my team and Tennis Australia through Wimbledon and we will regroup after the tournament in order to figure out the best plan for the future.

I’ve worked with Todd on and off for many years and he has helped me immensely.  I am very grateful for everything Todd has taught me and helped me with, especially during the last year.  While our working relationship has ended, Todd and I will remain friends as he has been a very important person in my life.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Todd for everything he has done for me,  both personally and professionally, and wish him the best.

For now my focus is on the 2015 Wimbledon Championships and with that in mind I will not be making any further comments on this matter.

Thank you for your understanding.

Au Revoir Paris!

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Hey Guys,

So the clay court season has officially ended for me and the curtain bought down on Roland Garros 2015  as the last blistering backhand hit from Stan “The Man” Wawrinka fizzed up the line for a winner to give him his second grand slam title. I was really pleased for Stan and thought he had played lights out tennis for the whole two weeks and thoroughly deserved his title, there were some people who questioned whether or not he was good enough to win a slam after Rafa was injured against him in the Australian Open final but I’m pleased he has put all those jokers and their doubts to bed, the guy is a seriously good player and in any other era would have made a name for himself as one of the greatest.

The clay court season was a good one for me and in fact was my first proper one on tour. I came in to it off the back of an injury and felt a little under cooked in Barcelona but it provided me with the opportunity to get out on the court and grind with tour level players which I obviously can’t get at home in Canberra. Esotril was a major turning point for me and I like to think I proved people wrong with my clay court game, I can play on clay and I really enjoy it too. Obviously beating Roger Federer in Madrid was a highlight and something I will always remember as he’s been an idol of mine for so long, I also have to give mention to Jack Sock too, the “Bro-mance” was formed on the clay of Europe and too be honest I love the guy, we have struck up such a good friendship in such a short space of time, so that’s another positive to take from the clay court season, myself, Jack, Bernie Tomic and Thanners are a formidable team!! It was good having my brother around over the clay season too and he came with me when I got to Paris to have my hair cut before the tournament started, everyone knows I like my hair to look fresh!

The French Open was a little strange for me to be honest, I played my first round match on Monday and then did not play again until the middle Saturday as my second round opponent withdrew. It was slightly odd and it felt like two first round matches as there was such a big gap in between. I was so unlucky in the match against Murray, I slept on my arm and trapped a nerve the night before which affected the speed of my serve, just a freak injury and not much I could do about it. The positive was that I thought I played well off the ground and bossed many of the rallies much better than I did in Melbourne, so I will take that as a positive and move on.

I’m in London now, I’ve been here for about a week. I have withdrawn from the ATP event in Holland as I am recovering from the nerve injury and am not serving. I am fine hitting groundies but haven’t served since the match against Andy Murray in Roland Garros. I have been hitting at the LTA as they’ve kindly let me use the courts, it’s so nice being back on the grass and I can not wait to get going at Queens. We have rented a huge house this year and I love it, all the team are together and it’s awesome. My mum and brother flew home on Saturday but my dad is coming back for Wimbledon as is my physio Will. I’m really looking forward to it, we have a big kitchen and are having big meals all eating together and having fun, I love that sort of thing and it reminds of being at home. I’ve had people dropping in all week which I like, my agent bought his youngest son Leon over who is 3 and the little man left his shades at the house so Matty my fitness trainer took a picture to let Leon know he has now lost his shades to the big man!!

I am at another new career high of 25 in the new ATP Ranking’s which is cool but there is a long way to go and a lot still to work on and improve, it’s nice to go in to Wimbledon seeded, I’m aware of what I did there last year but rather than look at it as a burden or pressure to defend, I am looking at it as an opportunity to go further and do better than last year as I know I am tough to beat on grass and my game is suited to it.

Which leads me to the point, I better go and practice otherwise I won’t get anywhere!!

Speaks soon

NK

First Of Many

Pump it up!

Hey Guys,

So as you know I have been over in Europe for a couple of weeks now, Barcelona wasn’t a great start for me as I felt very under prepared and really rusty out there and I think it showed as I lost a match I never should have although credit to Elias as he played a great match and he deserved his win. By going out early in Barcelona it allowed me to get some more time on the practice court as I hadn’t had much on court time since my slip, fall and roll in Indian Wells, so every cloud and all that…

I got to Estoril pretty early and hit the practise courts and hard, but not in the way I intended as I fell over again! Luckily it was okay and we slowed down practice for a day to get it treated properly (thanks Ben!!). Before I started up again though I had a birthday to celebrate and as you all know I like to be home at the best of times and being away from home on a birthday is just twice as hard and makes me miss home even more but my agent John Morris and my team really went out of their way to make me feel special, John and the guys at GSC bought me a watch and some other Tottenham Hotspurs shirts and John and Matt James (my fitness coach) decorated my room when I was in the shower with balloons, banners and things and they kept hiding and jumping out and blasting party poppers at me, yeah… I have a mature team!! To top it off the guys arranged with Joao (Esotril Tournament Director) and Maria (ATP Player Services) to present me with a cake at the player party and everyone sang happy birthday, so all in all it was a good day and I really appreciate the effort everyone went to.

My first match was a tough one, I was struggling a little with nerves and the conditions were tough, I didn’t feel comfortable and it all sort of came out in the wrong way and I got a warning, a code violation and my opponent was pushing for me to be defaulted, I know I got lucky there as it could have gone either way and I had a good talk with my team afterwards and I’m pleased to say I put a lot of that right. I also hit everyday after my matches, I was doing around an hour or an hour and a half after each match, including the final. I still feel a little short on court time but I improved in each match and played some really good tennis at different stages through the week and I will head in to Madrid with a lot more confidence than I arrived in Esotril with, I had a blast in Estoril and I really want to thank Joao, his team and all the fans that came out and made it so good, I will definitely be back! Also I must congratulate Richard again on a great week, he was a deserved winner and he is someone I enjoy watching, so to see him back and healthy and winning is great.

Some of you may have seen I was in Vogue this week. I loved how the pictures came out and I think the article was great too. We did the shoot during Indian Wells at a nice retro hotel in Palm Springs, I was a little uncomfortable at first doing a shoot like this but I relaxed and enjoyed it and I think the pictures were great. It’s certainly an honour to appear in the pages of Vogue Magazine and I thank Anna Wintour and her team for inviting me to appear, I’m very grateful.

So we are headed to Madrid this morning, I will arrive there this afternoon and hit with my doubles partner for the week Mr Mahesh Bhupathi which should be fun, I am hoping he can teach me a thing or two on the court too. I am about to check out and head to the airport now guys, so this is where I leave you but thanks again for the support, messages and the encouragement.

Laters

 

NK

Back On The Road

NK Chilling

Hey Guys,

It’s been a while so I thought I would use this time whilst flying from Sydney to Barcelona (via Paris) in my comfy Malaysian Airlines business class seat to write my latest blog (I do not apologies for that blatant plug either!!). After what seemed like forever, I am now fit enough to get back out on the road and compete again and I am headed to Barcelona via Paris to compete in the ATP 500 event in Barcelona which is my first clay court event of 2015.

In fact I was very kindly awarded a wild card in to the main draw as I didn’t enter, so thank you to my guys at IMG; Carlos Fleming, Fernando Soller and of course thanks goes to the tournament director too. After that unlucky fall in Indian Wells against Dimitrov my schedule changed and then when it looked like I would be ready I decided to add Barcelona as I had missed Miami, I’ve been pretty unfortunate this past year with injuries but I’m working hard to get and stay strong so that I am able to eliminate some of the niggles but the fall in Indian Wells was just a freak one.

I had a blast in Indian Wells (fall aside) and shot a couple of different photo shoots that I mentioned before that were way outside my comfort zone but were a lot of fun. I was playing pretty well out on the court too, considering they were my first couple of matches since the Aussie Open I was happy with where my game was at, I had a lot more to give and felt in the match against Grigor I didn’t play well but I served well and that gave me some looks, to be honest though after the fall I wouldn’t have been able to play the next day even if I had closed him out.

This trip is the longest one of the year for me, I won’t be heading home to Australia again now until after Wimbledon which will be for the Davis Cup tie in Darwin. The choice to put the tie in Darwin was a smart one and I am looking forward to competing there (assuming I am selected). As you all know I am a bit of a home boy, so this trip will be tough for me but I have family members visiting throughout the trip, my brother arrives in a week or so until the French and my mum will be in Paris too, then my Dad will be in the UK for the grass so I am pretty lucky they can all take their holiday time from their jobs to spend it with me.

One of the positives of being injured is you can work on other areas of your game or body and I have been able to make some solid gains with my back whilst I have been home and really consolidate the work that Will my physio helped me with after the Aussie Open, and I have been able to really improve my core strength whilst home too, although having a giant moon boot strapped to your foot pretty much limits anything else you can do.

I’ve spent some time promoting a few different local and charitable projects in my home town of Canberra, I love my city and if I can give time to things that will benefit Canberra and it’s people then I am always game. I got to spend some time with my brother Christos and his team at Golds Gym during the “relay for life” which was raising money for cancer charities, it was a lot of fun and a lot of money was raised for a great cause. As I get older I realise more the position I am in to help others and it’s actually a really good feeling and something I will grasp with both hands going forwards although I don’t intend to be one of those guys who shouts from the rooftops every time I do something for a good cause, I’ll leave the shouting for when I am on the court!

Something else that happened whilst I was away was the draft for the IPTL, as you all know I loved the IPTL last year and had a blast in what was an exciting format and something I think I was made for. The draft happened this past weekend and I was drafted back to the Singapore Slammers, I am so pumped as I was hoping to be back on the Slammers although I was the only retention from last year, so it is a completely new team and I welcome Novak, Thanasi, Karolina, Carlos, Marcelo and Belinda to the Singapore Slammers. We have a great chance of winning the title this year and it would be awesome if we can make that happen.

I’ll blog regularly during this trip (he says), so stay tuned for more!!

Thanks for the continued support.

 

NK

Nick Is Headed Back To The Slammers!

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The revolutionary IPTL which was the brainchild of Indian doubles legend Mahesh Bhupathi is entering in to its second year and with that comes the mandatory draft that was conducted recently, seeing the good and the great of the WTA and ATP tours thrown in to a mixing pot for selectors to choose their best possible teams.

Nick who was part of the Singapore Slammers last year was picked once again with the Slammers alongside Novak Djorkovic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Carlos Moya, Karolina Pliskova, Belinda Bencic and Marcelo Melo, a team that has a great chance of lifting the 2015 title and something Nick is all to aware of “I am stoked to be part of the Slammers again, I had a great experience in 2014 and I can not wait to welcome my new team mates to my Slammers. It’s a shame we have lost some of our previous team members but that’s the nature of team sports and having a draft but we have a team very capable of lifting the title. I haven’t spent much time with Novak, Carlos, Karolina, Belinda or Marcelo and I look at it as a great opportunity to learn from them too, throw in to the mix Thanners being on the team and we are in for a great ride.”

The IPTL season is scheduled for the 2nd to the 20th December with stars such as Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams taking part.

Injuries Suck

NK Murray AO15

Hi Guys,

Yet again, its been a while!! You know the drill now.

So the Australian Open was a great two weeks, I had an awesome time and an unbelievable run in front of the Aussie public which just made it even sweeter! Most of you will now know that it was touch and go on my participation but to hold up as I did and make the quarter finals was just a dream and I feel very grateful to my team for helping me through some difficult spots in the lead up and then during the event.

Andy Murray played a great match to dust me off in three but I definitely learned a lot from that match, I made improvements from when we last played too in Toronto and I know he’s a tough nut to crack but it’s a great challenge and one I’ll look to improve on next time we play. Andy has been awesome with me and has sent me some really supportive messages before and after our match, in fact I am aware of what he said before Wimbledon last year and I’m grateful for that, he’s a good guy and I know he will win more grand slams in the coming years.

I got so many supportive messages from people I admire and look up to such as Andy, Gael Monfils, Mark Philippoussis, Pat Cash, Tim Cahill and some of the Socceroos guys, I just feel incredibly lucky to have their support. Niall Horan from One Direction came out to watch some matches too, he’s a keen tennis fan and despite some media outlets trying to make it look like I blanked him he has been pretty cool too in messaging me and we’ve swapped numbers and will likely hang out somewhere soon.

Since the Open though, I’ve been injured which is just so annoying! I’m desperate to get back out on the road and compete and look to put what I worked so hard for in the pre-season on to the court whilst being fully fit but I’ve not had that luxury in 2015 yet but that just motivates and excites me even more. I’m progressing everyday and able to work on a few other things in my game such as the physicals with Matt (my fitness coach) but pretty much Will my physio is the boss for now and is driving what I do and when.

The upside to injuries is you get to be around your family and friends a bit more than you would normally, which is nice. My sister Hali has gone off to work in Japan for a year at Universal Studio’s in one of their shows, so I got to see her and spend some time with her before she left which was awesome, she’s a very talented singer and actress and it’s inspiring to see her work so hard for her dreams in an industry that is not as measurable as tennis or sports, by that I mean in sport if you’re the best it’s recognised because of results but in the entertainment world it’s not the same as it’s just about pleasing a certain casting director or individual on the day. Still she’s progressing well but it’s a tough industry to crack.

I’ve also been able to do something outside of tennis that I wouldn’t normally have the chance to do or even think about doing, I’ve shot a couple of high-end lifestyle magazine shoots which was fun but different, I can’t say too much but keep your eyes peeled for when they appear on the shelves.

The injury has been a bit of a grind and all injuries suck completely but I’m looking for the positives as and where I can. I’ve started back up on the court hitting lightly which is awesome and hopefully I can be back out on tour in the next few weeks. It’s a slow process, I want to make everything right so that I am not breaking down a week or two after getting back out on tour, the team I have around me now have really down a good job of making sure I am progressing in other areas before getting back out on tour and that’s a great sign as I know they are fully behind me in my development.

Which reminds me, I better get back out there before they start kicking off……..

Speak soon

 

NK