New York to Canberra to Cottesloe

Nick Kyrgios US Open 2014

Hey Guys,

It’s been yet another crazy few weeks for me, as you know I made the third round at the US Open with some decent wins of Mikhail Youzhny and Andreas Seppi before going down to Tommy Robredo in a tough battle out on Arthur Ashe Stadium in a night match on the middle Saturday.

For me to play a scheduled night match at the Open was a big thing, its something that I have always wanted to do and something that most players have spoken with each other about doing, it really is about as prime time as it gets in tennis. The stars of other sports, film and music come out to watch and the atmosphere is electric with loud music playing as you enter the court and at the change of ends, there is also a buzz amongst the crowd between points that you just don’t get on any other court or session in the world, I absolutely loved being out there.

I came out flying, I felt so loose and free although prior to the match I was nervous as you like but I embrace the nerves, its a sign I care and I use it to fire the adrenaline too. For a good hour I played near perfect and the court felt huge and the ball was the size of a basketball too, everything was just flowing but Tommy being the experience competitor and total pro he is, hung in there until he found an opening and at 6/3 2/0 I should have gone a double break up and he played a very smart match from then on. He used the slice to good effect and really turned the match on it’s head and from having things going so smoothly I was a little unprepared for the flip and my error count started to rise, then as the match wore on the physical rallies took a toll and I started to have some issues with cramp. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again though, I enjoyed being out there and entertaining a great crowd. This is all still so new to me and I am just learning and there was a lot of learning for me at this year’s US Open, I will go away and improve on what has been highlighted and on what I have learned. That’s a promise!

This US Open was also the first time I have played doubles at a slam, I played with Bernie T which was great fun. We had a tough draw but actually came away from the match thinking we had let it slip through our hands and to then see those guys go on and make the final is a bit of a confidence booster in a way. We can definitely play good doubles together, we both serve and return well and both have good hands, the more we do it the better we will get at it and on top of all that it was a lot of fun too.

So much fun!!

So much fun!!

I went home to Canberra for all of two nights which was tough, I felt like I need a longer time at home and by the way my Mum squeezed me when I got home and left, I’m sure she would agree!! Being away from home is by far the toughest thing about this job, I love what I do and I know I am so so lucky to be able to play tennis for a living but it’s still a work in process for me learning to be on the road so much. I get great support from my coaches, agents etc but my family are also great and make regular trips out to me wherever I am which is so important to me. My Mum takes care of the travelling rota and decides who is going where and when, having their support with me on the road is a massive help.

I am in Cottesloe now preparing for Davis Cup against Uzbek, we are without Bernie who is injured which has made things tougher but we also have Sammie Groth coming in to the team and I’d challenge anyone to feel comfortable against Sam on grass, especially with his rocket of a serve. The team is made up of myself, Lleyton, Gooch, Grothy and my good mate Thanasi Kokkinakis. I’m confident we can put on a show and retake our place back in the world group next year, we love the grass and that mixed with the fire and desire to achieve great things for the Green and Gold in Davis Cup will make us a tough team to beat, I for one can not wait to get started.

It’s getting on a bit here, so I am going to head off and chill out for the rest of the evening before we hit the courts early again in the morning. Before I go I just want to congratulate Kei Nishikori on a great run to the US Open final and also a massive congratulations to Marin Cilic on winning his first major, I’ve been on the receiving end of his big game and I have no doubt he can win many more majors too, its great to see two new faces in a slam final and it only adds to the intrigue and excitement for 2015!!

Speak soon

NK

State-side Tales

Nick Kyrgios Bonds

Hey Guys,

Its been a week of ups and downs although more ups than downs, I have to admit!!

As you all know I had to withdraw from Cincinnati with some bone stress in my left arm, thankfully the MRI scan showed up no major damage and I’m not at immediate risk of causing a stress fracture either but I do need to protect it and rest it where possible. It was really disappointing to have to withdraw from Cincinnati, it was the first time I have been to Cincinnati and I really liked it and felt so comfortable there. There is a theme park nearby too and myself, Thanasi and Mozza (John Morris) went to King’s Island which was unreal as they have some world class rides, it was a really good afternoon and a great way to get over having to pull out of Cincy. I’ll definitely be back in Cincinnati next year, hopefully making up for having to miss out this year.

When I left Cincinnati we headed straight for IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida. It’s a great facility and somewhere I have trained before and really enjoy going to, there are a whole bunch of Aussie’s and other players here too preparing for the US Open so there are plenty of people to hit and hangout with. I need a new roomie though as Thanners headed off to New York yesterday to play US Open qualies. I am leaving here on Monday and will prepare in New York for a few days ahead of the Open. We really have had a blast here and have played some basketball after training which has been awesome, we’ve managed to get a good group together including Thanners, Todd Langman (TK’s coach), Rory (TK’s trainer), Ryan Harrison, Michael Mmoh, Aki Santillan, Alex Bolt and a few others. I love my basketball and really get in to it, I’m super competitive too so a few of the guys were taken aback a bit but it was all good.

Whilst at the academy I did an interview on Sunrise in Australia to talk about my awesome new partnership with Bonds, it was a shame there were a few technical hitches as I was pumped to talk about the partnership. I’ve had a bit of a ribbing on twitter about saying I don’t wear undies on court, It would be too restrictive to wear undies under my Nike skins but in training when I am not wearing my skins I wear undies and of course whenever I am off court I always wear my Bonds. It’s funny because I have always worn Bonds since I was a kid so to now be working closely with them is great and something I am super excited about as I really believe in the brand and product. I hear my commercial with Pat Rafter has hit the TV now in Australia, it was great fun to do and I felt really comfortable with the team, I thought the concept was funny and I’m looking forward to what they have in store for me next.

On Thursday I hit the malls with Mozza and bought myself a few bits including some new clothes and kicks (sneakers/trainers for you non Aussies) I love shopping in the States (not quite like Mozza though) as you get stuff that is just not available anywhere else and the prices are good too. I bought myself a new wallet as well as a new diamond ear stud, although I’m guessing my Mum didn’t appreciate the call in the middle of the night asking her opinion on whether I should spend that much or not, you’ll be pleased to know I compromised a little. My Mum said don’t buy it and I spent half what I was originally going to spend, I’m pretty sure that’s a compromise, right??

My brother Christos arrives in to New York on Sunday, I’m looking forward to seeing the big man and we have a couple of things planned for next week. We are going to see Drake in Central Park on Tuesday and then going to watch Team USA Vs Puerto Rico in basketball in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, I really can’t wait and am so pumped. I love New York anyway but to have these other things to look forward to really is just awesome.

Anyway guys, I better go as I have physio to do on my arm and another on court session to do before more basketball later today!!

Speak soon

NK

Mastered By Muzza

Nick Kyrgios

Hey Guys,

Greeting from Cincinnati!! I arrived here yesterday from Toronto and I have to say, it is a really cool place. The hotel is awesome, we have rented a car and there are so many restaurants to choose from, what more can a tennis player ask for? So I am sure we are going to have a great week.

As you know I made my Masters 1000 début in Toronto and I managed to get a good win over Santiago Giraldo who is a very good and difficult player, he hits the ball fairly flat and hard which is always tough to deal with on your first match back after a month or so away from matches, so I was really pleased to through it in two sets.

In my next match I played Andy Murray, who has to be the fittest and probably the fastest guy on tour. It was a very difficult match up for me as I wasn’t feeling my best but he tied me up in all sorts of difficult situations tactically and really asked a lot of questions that I couldn’t find answers for on the day. Some of the balls he was getting to were outrageous too, he moves so well and is very rarely off balance, it was a big learning experience as well as an honour for me to play a champion of Andy’s level, I will certainly take a lot away from it and look to improve my game in the areas that he was exploiting.

This week in Cincinnati I am playing qualifying, the draw is not out yet but I am expecting with my new ranking that I will be among the higher seeds when the draw comes out, which counts for nothing unless you put your game on the court. I had a hit here last night with Thanasi Kokkinakis who as you all know is probably my best mate on tour, we played for about an hour under the watchful eye of Josh Eagle, which was good fun and a great session with loads of intensity. I’ve enjoyed my first week with Josh, its been fun with lots of learning and hard work thrown in which is what I need at this stage. Josh has been around a long time and knows everyone and everything about tennis which I am only going to benefit from.

After practice we headed back and got dinner at the hotel and then myself and my manager John Morris headed out to meet Thanasi at Chipotle, it was so funny as it was like the whole draw had descended on Chipotle with so many players in there. I bumped in to Simon in there too, it was great to see him and we had a little catch up. We met up with Bernie Tomic in there too and after that we all headed back to my hotel room to play FIFA14 although John didn’t come as I chopped him in the afternoon 4-0 and 7-0. Hanging out with the guys, relaxing and having fun is exactly what I needed, I love being around my friends on tour enjoying myself away from the courts switching off from tennis, it helps keep my mind fresh.

Anyway guys, I am going to have to go as I have to get ready for breakfast before heading to the courts for another day of hard work and improvements.

Speak soon

 

NK

Crazy Few Weeks

What a rush!!

What a rush!!

Hi Guys,

This is my first blog since I have been home from making the quarter finals of Wimbledon! Even writing that seems crazy! As you all know it started with the ATP Challenger event in Nottingham, getting the win there and gaining a wild card from the AELTC for the main draw at Wimbledon.

My first match was not comfortable at all, I really did not feel good against Stephane Robert, he played such unpredictable tennis that I never really settled, and I guess I carried some of that over to the Gasquet match as it took far too long for me to settle and then in the end it turned in to a classic which I was fortunate enough to come through, I’m not silly, I know nine times out of ten living that close to the edge you’re going to lose but thankfully things were on my side that day and I plugged away and got the win.

I actually thought I played my best tennis in the third and fourth sets against Vesely which of course set me up for the big one against Rafa Nadal. I was asked what it felt like to hear the noise of the crowd as I walked out on Centre Court and the answer is, I couldn’t tell you! I had my headphones on so loud and was so focused that everything just blended in to one big scene of calmness.

It sounds weird to say playing Rafa and beating him in four was not my best tennis of the tournament but that is how I felt, I obviously served very well and took control of the rallies pretty much every time and am so stoked I got the win, really it was like a dream. In the quarters as you could probably see, I was cooked and really needed that day off in between but I guess that is the nature of the beast playing on grass at Wimbledon, the schedule is something that can change more than at any other slam and you have to take the rough with the smooth. I’ll go away and work harder to make sure I am better equipped for that next time but being able to share these moments with my Dad and my sister Hali as well as my team was so special and it was a fortnight I will never forget. I loved my Wimbledon experience this year and my love affair with the place and the trophy has started, I want to be Wimbledon Champion and that feeling and desire is what will drive me on in tough times.

It was great to come home to my Mum and brother Christos, the reception at Canberra Airport was so special and to see so many people come out to greet me was more than I could have asked for, it was very humbling actually and I felt a little embarrassed that they were there for me. I’ve managed to catch up with my mates and hang out with the boys, shoot some hoops and eat copious amounts of Sushi and Chinese foods since I’ve been home although from today I will eat cleaner as I have one eye on next week and heading down to Melbourne for a few days with Todd to start my training block.

People keep talking about how my life will change forever and although I feel exactly the same and believe me, my mates and my family will not allow me to change but I have noticed a change in the way people are now towards me, I notice a lot more people stare and point, others come and say well done and what not which I prefer but it’s all positive. I’ve had a lot of press to do this week and in the end I was so tired we pulled the plug on it as I was so worn out and it was good to have my manager John Morris here with me who could take the heat off of me in organizing that stuff and then cancelling too, it’s never nice to back out of anything but I really had hit the wall and hopefully people will understand.

So as you know my coaching team has changed, I have put out a statement on it and that is all I will be saying for the time being on the matter as I just want to enjoy my last couple of days at home and then get my head down and work hard with Todd and AK on my training block before meeting up with Josh in Toronto. My tennis has to come before anything else and luckily I have good, strong support from the people around me who keep driving that message which in weeks like this can often be forgotten and I really appreciate that.

This past two weeks have been crazy, from the matches, the interest, the exposure to my twitter blowing up with over 72,000 followers!! It’s just crazy but I really do appreciate everything, I know I am lucky to do what I do and I intend on working as hard as I can to maximize everything that sits ahead of me.

Thanks again to everyone for the kind messages, notes, fan mail and shout outs. You have no idea how much it all means, speak soon!

NK

From Clay To Grass

Roland Garros 2014

Hey Guys,

Greetings from Nottingham, where it is ….. surprise surprise …. WET!!

The British grass court season is upon us and for an Aussie its a special time of the year for me, I have grown up listening to the stories of Wimbledon and the history of some of Australia’s greatest players and you can’t help but feel inspired and pumped to get out on the grass and compete.

I arrived in Nottingham on Friday after spending a few days at my management companies academy GTC Academies Gosling in Welwyn Garden City, Thanasi came with me along with my brother Christos, my coach Simon and AK my fitness coach. The weather was not great so we played indoors which was more than good enough as it was pretty quick and enabled us to play more of a grass court game.

It was a shame I didn’t play mixed doubles in Roland Garros but as I had to be in Nottingham it would not have been fair to Belinda to start the mixed and not finish it, so we decided not to play. It wasn’t the best French Open for me, I had a pretty tough draw and Milos played well and made things tough for me, I know I had my chances and I like to think had I kept the pressure on him in the second set and taken it, then things could have been a whole lot more interesting but I guess that’s tennis, we move on and work hard to be better at the next event.

In Nottingham I play another Aussie, JP Smith which should be a good but tough match, JP is a great doubles player and knows how to make things tough for his opponents so we shall see how it goes. Hopefully the rain stops and we can get outside to play on the grass rather than on the indoor hard.

With all this rain I should be able to write more blogs, fingers crossed there’s not much rain but you know how I like to look for the positives in things!!

Anyway guys, I am going to get moving as I am hitting quite early.

Speak soon

NK

Roland Garros Awaits

Roland Garros Awaits

Hi Guys,

I hope you are all good and enjoying the clay court season. I love this time of year where the tennis season really hots up, we have so many masters 1000 events bunched together and two slams literally a couple of weeks a part. So much happens now that sets the scene for the rest of the year.

I had a great start to the clay season as you all know, winning back to back ATP Challenger titles in Sarasota and Savannah which was a pretty awesome couple of weeks for me having been out for a couple of months. I then had a niggle in my stomach and ab so decided to head to Europe to prepare for the red clay. The conditions are colder and slow which means the points are longer and need more construction which is fine with me but physically you have to be read, so we headed over with AK and put the hours in to make sure I’m ready.

My first event on the red clay was a Challenger in Helibronn in Germany, it wasn’t my finest hour and to be honest I just never got my head in to the match and struggled from the first ball and to think I had so many chances too which makes it doubly annoying but the fact is if you’re not at your best there are a lot of guys that will punish you for it and Andrej certainly did that so major props to him, he has now won through to the semi’s too so good luck to him there too.

I am in Dusseldorf at the moment, my Mum flew in earlier this week and we headed to Dusseldorf for the ATP qualies event with AK who is my strength and conditioning coach, we met my coach Simon in Dusseldorf as he made his way back to Europe from Melbourne. Sign in for qualies is later today, I should get in and it will provide me with some great preparation for the French Open.

Tennis Australia have granted me a wild card in to the main draw as part of their reciprocal wild card agreement with the FFT and the USTA, I am massively grateful and will look to take advantage of the opportunity again. Paris is a great city and has been pretty special to me the past couple of years for different reasons so I am looking forward to heading back there. I am signing in for the mixed doubles too but I’m keeping my partner unwraps until we know we are in, I think we’ll be a good pair and will have a lot of fun if we can get a WC. I really enjoyed playing mixed in the Aussie Open and would love to play something like the Hopman Cup in future years as its a great format, fun to do and above all else its representing the green and gold of Australia.

I am going to have to leave you guys now but thanks for checking in, keep sending the quality messages I love them and do my best to read and reply to every single one. Don’t forget you can check out my latest clothing from Nike or racquet from Yonex in the my gear section if you are interested in what racquet I am using or clothes I am wearing.

Speak soon

NK

Sarasota, So Far, So Good

Final Baby!!

Final Baby!!

Hey Guys,

It’s pretty late here so I am guessing it’s Easter in most places, so Happy Easter to one and all!! Take it easy with the eggs everyone, too much of a good thing and all that…

Anyway, so as you all know I am back in competition after a pretty long lay off with my elbow and I am playing a $100,000 ATP Challenger in Sarasota this week. I’ve been in Florida just under two weeks now with my coach Simon and things have been going pretty well so far and it just feels awesome to be back out competing again.

I’ve managed to get four decent matches under my belt this week which has put me in the final tomorrow against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia. I’ve not long finished a hard fought semi final battle against American Daniel Kosakowski which finished not much before 10pm as we went to three sets, it was a great battle to be honest and just what I needed after coming back as my three previous rounds had been in straight sets. So I am writing this blog as I am struggling to get to sleep which is often the case after a night match.

I could not have asked for much more this week to be honest, I’ve beaten some quality opponents in my first event back and played some quality tennis too although I am a little rusty in places and I know my level will get better too with more matches, that’s only natural. The final is on Sunday evening and I really want to leave here with the title in my bag, it would cap off a great week and a great reward for myself and Simon after a tough period with injury and then rehab which thankfully is behind us now.

This trip I am on is the longest trip I’ve ever been on and I won’t be returning to Australia until after the US Open which is tough for me as I like to be around my friends and most importantly my family but luckily they are going to be coming out to visit me for various weeks along the way, a luxury that many of my older fellow Australians couldn’t benefit from when they made their 6 month trips around the globe on a boat in order to play the French Open and Wimbledon back in the day, so I remind myself of that and know that all the greats of Australian tennis have gone through similar things and in the end it is all worth it.

Any way I am going to hit the sack now guys, as it’s getting on here in Sarasota. Thanks to all those that sent kind messages of support, it means a lot and please keep them coming.

Thanks

NK

Rehab, Training Blocks and Sleeping Logs

Hows that for one sitting?

Hows that for one sitting?

Hey Guys,

I hope you are all good. It’s been a while again although this time I’m not going to apologize like I normally do!! I’ve got excuses!!!

So as you know I was due to play Delray Beach and Acapulco on wild cards but unfortunately I had to pull out with an elbow injury which totally sucked and to be honest I was so miserable, I was not the best person to be around but I got back to Australia, I spent some time with my family and friends chilling out and doing the usual before heading down to Melbourne and getting my arm looked at and we discovered it was a nerve injury and thankfully there was no nerve damage, so I will make a full recovery and the guys at TA have helped to put a program in place so that I can manage it. Once I stop growing it will go anyway but for the meantime it needs looking after and respecting and that is what we’ll do.

I’ve been working hard with Simon and I’ve been hitting from the ground and working on one or two things that we identified in my game and I am feeling great, I’m desperate to get back out competing to be honest although I know I am a few weeks away from that and also still in a physical training block too so there is that little beauty to complete yet too. I’ve not been serving either as that is where the pain occurs, so I will stick to the program and know that by the time I am due to go to the States next month I will be ready.

Away from the courts I’ve gone home a few times and consumed my weight in food with my brother Christos and played loads of COD on the Xbox and other video games, Christos and the boys all have massive appetites which is perfect for me as I love food. When I was in London last month my agent John took me to this Chinese buffet and we basically rolled out of there, the food was awesome.

I stay with Daniel Guccione and his family when I am in Melbourne, Daniel is the cousin of Chris who I made my Davis Cup debut with last year against Polan, Daniel is a very good young Aussie player and one to keep your eye on for sure. Like most tennis players we are pretty competitive and have been playing loads of table tennis, it’s fair to say I’ve chopped him a few times and I don’t see myself losing my crown anytime soon.

This week TA thought it would be a good idea to do some team bonding and go camping at Wilson’s Promotory, I wasn’t sure at first but I absolutely loved it, it was so good. We stayed in three man tents and I have to say with our high protein diets, they didn’t smell the best so I will save the blushes of the guys who I shared with but OMG there were some unreal noises coming from our tent, thankfully I slept like a log!

We did things like long walks, one day we walked 34km which to me was nuts as I don’t think I’ve ever walked that far in my life but I enjoyed it, it was great to be around some really special people doing things I don’t usually do on a daily basis. I think TA came up with a great idea and the team spirit among everyone at the NTC will only grow because of it.

After camping I headed back to Melbourne to wrap up on the training week and now I have a few days off although I am toying with hitting the gym and courts to make up for time I missed whilst camping, as long as I stick to the rehab program I don’t see any harm.

Anyway guys, I have work to do so lets speak soon. I hope you all like the new look site.

NK

Beaten But Not Down

Nick Kyrgios

Hey Guys,

As you all know we have just had Davis Cup in France on clay, it was always going to be a tough ask of us against a very experienced and strong team with the depth that most captains can only dream about. Pat picked a young team which was brave of him and very forward thinking, I was honored to line up next to Lleyton and Chris Guccione as well as Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson, two of the best young guys coming up and two of my closest friends. We were up against a French team that had Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Giles Simon, Benoit Paire and Julien Benneteau, now if that is not a team with depth, I don’t know what is!!

I kicked things off against Gasquet which was a great experience, clay is clearly not my best surface but I am improving on it every time I get on the dirt and Richard was as smooth as silk from the first to the last ball. I started well and felt I could have taken the first set and had I done that I think I may have been able to chip away at him mentally but Richard showed why he is one of the worlds best and played an unreal tiebreak to slam the door in my face, he then got a foothold on the match by getting an early break and despite working my butt off he had too much for me on the day and ran away with the match 7/6 6/2 6/2. He said some nice things about me after the match, which he didn’t have to do and I respect him for that (on top of his great play), I will do everything in my power to prove him right that’s for sure!

Lleyton played next against Tsonga who is someone I have modeled my game on a bit, it was good to see him up close but not so good to see him against us and in such great form. Lleyton showed us all why he has been such a legend in the game by displaying the fire, determination and guts that have underpinned his competitive qualities throughout his career. Unfortunately Tsonga had too much on the clay and got the win in three to put France 2/0 up on day one.

Lleyton and Chris played the doubles on Saturday against Tsonga and Gasquet, I was so proud of the boys because they gave everything and at one point it looked like we were going to take the dubs as the momentum was really with the green and gold of Australia but the Frenchman turned it around and won in four to seal the deal and take the tie 3/0.

The last day was made up of dead rubbers and Pat decided to stick with me and also hand Thanasi his debut which I thought he gave a good account of himself in, in a two set loss to Benneteau. It is unreal to sit there and watch someone you have grown up with and played at every stage of junior tennis make their Davis Cup debut, I was pleased for Thanasi and his family and felt pretty proud of him and our journey together and I know there will be tonnes more situations like this for us both throughout our careers, what made it sweeter is that another one of the guys from our junior days was sitting alongside me too, Jordan Thompson will be pushing for a starting place in the not too decent future. I finished the days matches in a slug-fest of shot making and showmanship against the best athlete on tour, Gael Monfils. It was a fun match although losing is never fun but we had some great rallies and some awesome points, I even hit a tweener and won the point although Gael eventually squeezed me out 7/6 6/4.

We had some fun away from the court with the French team who I must add were a classy bunch and good to be around. We played some basketball (you can find the clip on YouTube) and I had a little one on one with Monfils, he loves his basketball too and is pretty good at it, he is someone I can see myself getting on with and hanging out with on tour, hes a good guy.

I left France for London, I am going to spend a couple of days there doing some training at my management companies academy which is called GTC Gosling in north London. Later in the week I will fly to Memphis where I am hoping for a main draw wild card but if not I will just play qualies, after that I will spend a few weeks competing in the States and South America before heading back to Australia for a training block with Simon and AK.

So the Green and Gold got beaten by Les Bleus 0/5 but I can assure you we are not down, we will regroup and come back stronger for the experience, we also have guys like Marinko, Matty Ebden and John Millman to come back and compete for places and with the team spirit Pat and Lleyton have created, I know that in time Australia will be challenging for the Davis Cup again very soon.

Thanks to everyone who sent supportive messages and tweets, it means a lot.

Speak soon

NK

Bonjour Davis Cup!

I love representing my country!!

I love representing my country!!

Hi Guys,

So the past few days have been a little hectic for me to say the least, after my match with Benoit my twitter account went crazy and I gained over 12000 new followers as well as a little blue tick, I was stoked about that as I have wanted one of those for a while. My website crashed too due to over 250,000 hits and whilst it was down another 250,000 hits occurred too, although that could have just been because people were talking about it being down but either way I was blown away.

Between interviews, chat show appearances and media requests I managed to make my mixed doubles debut with Arina Rodionova, it was good fun and a new experience for me, she kept telling me to smack the ball at the other girl but I didn’t have it in me to do it, perhaps when I’m a bit more hardened to the tour? We would have liked to have got the win but we played an experienced team and they pipped us to the post in both sets, overall it was a good, fun experience.

I have been selected by Pat Rafter to play in the Davis Cup too, myself, Lleyton, Thanasi, Chris and also another young gun Jordan Thompson have been selected to represent the green and gold of Australia against France in France on clay, I suspect Benoit’s fans will give me a bit of my own medicine after the reception he got on MCA against me but it will be fun and I’m prepared for every eventuality. It’s great to be on a team with Thanasi and Jordan, we’ve grown up together and to progress in to the men’s Davis Cup team is special, of course I’ve played before and these guys are making their debuts and I’m pleased to be able to share it with these guys.

So we are going to miss the ending of the Open, how good have Wawrinka and the great man Roger Federer been? I actually like the variety we have seen during the Australian summer due to slightly quicker courts, it adds to the game I think and we see more short court skill coming back in to play which can only be good for the spectators watching live and at home which I guess grows our game and improves our product? How good would a Federer Vs Wawrinka final be? I’d love to see that.

Any way guys, I have to finish my packing as we leave tonight for France and I cannot be late for the team meet or Pat will kill me, so enjoy the rest of the open and thanks so much for all your support, keep on cheering us over in France!

NK