Wow What A Rush!

Nick Kyrgios

Hey Guys,

I couldn’t sleep so well after last nights match so I started to write this blog, which I finished when I woke up this morning.

As you’ll all know I lost a close one to Benoit Paire on Margaret Court Arena in what was the most unreal atmosphere I’ve ever experienced in a tennis match, I could hear the crowd getting pumped up during the Sloane Stephens match and I just wanted to get out there and play, I live for those sort of environments.

I played a good match and was in some ways a little fortunate to get up two sets to love playing some really good tennis against a quality opponent, I was just kind of riding the wave and living on the energy of the crowd, who were singing Aussie songs and Greek songs. I had a chance to go 3-0 up in the third but I lost focus a bit and Benoit sensed I was physically struggling and being the great player he is, he smelt blood and kind of hung around and made sure he worked me over physically.

The cramp I had was intense, and I started to feel it in the third but by the fourth and fifth I was struggling big time and Benoit was kind of working me over and making me move, he didn’t show a whole lot of sympathy! I think he enjoyed playing the pantomime villain a little bit and as the match wore on he definitely used some of the rough stuff against him from the crowd to his advantage. All credit to him though for turning it around and also I think everyone has to acknowledge his unreal sportsmanship at the end, he earned my respect on and off the court.

I went down in the end 6/7 6/7 6/4 6/2 6/2 I really was gutted and wanted to win so much but I just couldn’t get over the line and I really wanted to get the win for everyone who had stayed so late to support but I can look myself in the face and know I gave everything I had on the night and now it’s about going away and making sure I am stronger and better for last nights experience. Really if I don’t learn from last night and use it to improve then that’s a bigger loss then losing the match last night.

My twitter has gone crazy too, literally thousands of people have been sending me messages of support and being so nice, I really couldn’t have asked for more. My agent John Morris did a competition last week to raise my followers to 4000 and now I’m nearly on 12,000 after last night. Just crazy!

I’ve played at slams before and done okay but this has been so unreal and I am so lucky to have a home slam to play in and an unreal crowd and supportive nation to play in front of, I wish I could have a crowd like that at every match, that is my sort of crowd, I loved it and want to say thank you to each and every one of you who made it special and made it easier to get up off the deck and keep fighting.

I’ve got mixed today with Irina Rodionova, come out and support again if you can and lets get court 3 rocking!!!

Thanks again, I really mean that.

NK

Kooyong Was A Blast

Hi Guys,

So the Open starts tomorrow so I thought I would blog whilst I have a relative easy day. As you all know I’ve had a small issue with the shoulder which annoyingly kept me out of Brisbane and Sydney which has been more than frustrating as I have been chomping at the bot to get going and out competing on the court.

Nick Kyrgios

I’ve had an MRI and seen some top specialists and the good news is the shoulder is structural sound, I had just overdone it somewhat and needed to rest it which I did and now I am ready to go. I played a match against Fernando Verdasco at Kooyong which was an absolute blast, I really enjoyed playing at some a historical tennis venue and felt honored to be asked to play there. I played okay considering and was happy with my level, I actually should have closed the match out and won it but I guess I can’t be too picky having not played a match for a while.

Fernando hit some sick forehands but I think I more than matched him, in fact he also hit some sick backhand returns, it was fun all round to be honest and it was good to give the crowd some exciting tennis too.

On Friday I also went to a Yonex product launch, I enjoyed being there and am getting more comfortable in these surroundings. Yonex have been awesome to me over the years and it’s the least I could do after how much they have supported me. It was great to meet Stan Wawrinka too and Ana Ivanovic looked as beautiful as ever too.

As you most probably all know I am playing Benny Becker on Tuesday in the Open, I’ve never played him before but I have 20 odd sets of his to watch and get an idea for what he does and doesn’t like. I’m pumped and ready to go.

See you guys out there!!

Cheers

NK

 

Awards Season

The Newk Awards

Hey Guys,

Apologies again for not writing as often as I said I would but I’ve had a pretty full on schedule with preseason training, I’ve also been a little bit sick (no not man flu!) and on top of that we have had some award ceremonies to attend etc.

The first awards I went to were the HACCI’s which stands for the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce which is an Australian based organisation focusing on Greek business and I was lucky enough to be nominated for the best Greek male athlete of the year award and even luckier to win it, it really was a great evening and I felt blessed to be around so many successful individuals who have excelled in their chosen arenas. It’s a great organisation and very special that, despite being thousands of miles from Greece that our heritage is not forgotten, the Greek community really is tight-knit and I am proud to be apart of it.

The second award ceremony I went to were the Newks which is a Tennis Australia backed event named after John Newcombe who is a legend of our sport both on and off the court. I was nominated for the big one which unfortunately I didn’t win this year but I would have felt strange winning a Newk medal before Lleyton Hewitt did and Lleyton was a worthy winner having led Australia back in to the world group of Davis Cup, on top of a solid Wimbledon and great US Open, so all credit to Lleyton and congratulations. I did manage to walk away with a Newk medal though as I was named young male athlete of the year for what has been an awesome year for me, I was honored to win but I really feel this is just the beginning of my career and the plan is to win these awards later down the line for doing some great stuff in the men’s game at the very highest levels.

Tennis Australia really put on a great event and there was a red carpet so to speak and I arrived just as God himself was arriving so I got to spend a few precious minutes talking with Rod Laver and luckily a few pictures of the moment were taken so I have something to show I was in the presence of greatness. My coach Simon Rea also bagged an awarded for coach of the year, he really deserves it  and has worked his butt off with me this year, so for both of us to get recognized for our efforts in 2013 was a nice touch.

In the presence of greatness!

In the presence of greatness!

My whole family came to the awards and we had a great time, it’s not often we are all together now but to all be together at such a great event and all dressed to the nines was a special moment and one we will cherish but look forward to doing more often.

On the court my training has been going well, as most of you will know I pulled out of the AO wild card play offs with an elbow injury. Thankfully its nothing major but I want to make sure I am ready for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne whatever capacity and events I am there playing. So although I planned on playing the wild card play off and respect what a great event it is, I had to skip it this year for precautionary reasons.

Any way guys, I am going to go now and I will write again soon.

Thanks for the continued support!

NK

Preseason Blog

Play Magazine

 

Hey Guys,

Here´s a quick update on what I´ve been up to recently.

I have just finished my first photo shoot with my sponsors Yonex. It was a little weird, but a lot of fun. We did it at Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open, where I´m hoping to make an impact next January. When we get permission I will post some of the pictures for you all to look at.

I’ve also done a few media interviews including one for Play Magazine, you can see the picture above. It was a lot of fun to do, it’s a magazine I have read a lot in the past as it keeps you up to date with whats going on in the sporting world with regards to athletes in Canberra.

Aside from that I’ve been chilling with my brother Chris, who is a lawyer turned  fitness trainer at Golds’ Gym, he’s a beast! We have basically been wearing out my PlayStation playing the new Call of Duty game. As always I want to win, so its gets pretty competitive between us, but it´s all good!

My NBA team the Boston Celtics still haven’t managed to turn the corner, which is the only real downer in my life right now! They´ve lost their last three games and they are way off the pace in the Eastern Conference. Things aren’t looking good for them!

On a more positive note, I´m already looking forward to the 2014 season, and I’m over the moon to have been granted a wildcard for the ATP event in Brisbane in the first week of 2014. A good showing there could guarantee me a wildcard into the main draw of the Australian Open. I remember a couple of years ago when Bernie Tomic was ranked similar to me and he played amazingly well, beating Feliciano Lopez before going out to Rafa Nadal. He really seemed to push on from that experience, and I would love to emulate him.

Thanks again for the support and I’ll be in touch again soon!

NK

Season’s Done Now For Family Fun

Proud Siblings!

Proud Siblings!

Hey Guys,

This seems to be a pattern, but sorry for not writing for so long. I have been pretty busy with preparations for tournaments, playing tournaments and then dealing with an injury which has been frustrating to put it politely!

I went out to California with my coach Simon Rea to play two ATP Challenger event’s and I reached the semi finals of the first event in Sacremento (not sure how but I did) although I injured my elbow and was unable to play the following week and also decided to pull out of the ATP event in Stockholm where I had a main draw wild card from Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johnansson, I was so disappointed to let that great opportunity pass but I am grateful to Jonas (who reached the doubles final in a mini comeback) and Thomas and I hope I can play there next year.

We headed back to base and rehabbed the elbow and I felt okay to play the Challenger in Melbourne but I got there and was way off the pace and really shouldn’t have played but all credit to Blake Mott who took me out in two sets. After that I decided I wanted to shut down for the year and prepare for 2014, so I pulled out of Taralgon and headed home for a little break. The good news is the elbow is nothing serious and I am now getting over it.

It’s been great spending some time at home with my friends and family, I’ve played far too many computer games and eaten too many pancakes but it’s all been fun and I plan on enjoying myself even further now the NBA season has started although my Celtics have not got going yet but we will, trust me on that!!!

My sister Halimah who is a an actress and a singer is home too, shes been contracted in some shows in China and it has been great to see her and hang out with her as we are both on the road so much, she is your typical big sister; bossy but caring and I have to always do as she says!! It’s great being around my mates as well as my brother Christos, he travels a lot with me and we are close and have many of the same mates, so we hang out and shoot hoops with the boys when we are home.

I am headed to Melbourne on Sunday to start my pre-season and my preparations for the Aussie summer, I plan on starting in Brisbane then followed by Sydney and then the big one at Melbourne Park. During this training block I will blog throughout, you can hold me to that guys!

Also I want to hit 5000 followers on Twitter, so if you can help me do that I will give away a signed Yonex racket at random when I hit 5000 followers, so spread the word and make it happen people!!

Thanks again for the support and I’ll be in touch again soon!

NK

World Group Baby!!

Chilling With Lleyton.

Chilling With Lleyton.

Hey Guys,

This past weekend has been unreal, literally like a dream and so surreal in so many ways. The back end of last week Pat Rafter (Australian Davis Cup Captain) asked me to play a play off against Marinko Matosevic for the fourth spot in to the team, which to be honest was a ballsy call but as I was training so well and so hungry, I think it was a justified one and I showed that by beating Marinko 7/6 6/3 to gain an official spot in the team rather than the squad and apparently I am the 103rd player to ever represent Australia and man was I, and am I honored to be able to say that!!

On Friday Lleyton and Bernie did the business and put us 2-0 up heading in to Saturday which was exactly the sort of start Pat had been geeing the guys up for. On the Friday evening, Pat came and told me I was playing the doubles with Gooch (Chris Guccione) as the plan was to rest Lleyton for a potential deciding rubber, I did not need asking or telling twice!!

I was so excited on Saturday and could not wait to get started, the history of this great event and the Australian legends who have played in it from Laver, Roche, Rosewall, Newcombe, Cash, Stolle, Rafter, Woodbridge, Philippoussis, Hoad, Woodforde right the way through to the greatest Australian Davis Cup player ever Lleyton Hewitt and to think of these guys and the history just filled me with the most unbelievable feeling, to think I am apart of this group is just awesome and I will forever be thankful to Pat for giving me the chance.

The match was an absolute classic with myself and Gooch bombing down big serves and pulling off great returns and reflex volley’s but unfortunately despite giving everything we had, we went down fighting  to Frystenberg/ Matokowski 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 6-4 in a battle lasting just over 3 and a half hours. To be honest, I was so gone after the match and more than a little upset but there are so many positives to take from the match looking back and to lose to one of the very best doubles pairs in the world is no disgrace. Gooch was great and I thank him for being a great partner on what was a big deal for me, Pat’s advice on the bench was great too and I felt him with us every step of the way.

So we needed Bernie now to seal the deal against Kubot on Sunday and Bernie, who had been unreal all week, really working his socks of and giving me great advice took it to Kubot and took him out in three sets which meant we won the tie and are now guaranteed a spot in the world group again from next year, it’s been a long time out in the cold for us but we have worked for this place alongside the world’d elite and we deserve our place and one thing is for sure, if I am fortunate enough to be asked then I will be there wherever “there” is!!

As we were 3-1 up Pat threw me in to the dead rubber to cut my teeth in singles action and he had another treat up his sleeve, Lleyton was the captain on the bench which was awesome. I played Michal Przysiezny and was playing some unreal ball, really letting out my frustrations from the day before but unfortunately he retired when I was leading 4-1 with a double break which is a shame, especially when representing your country but I guess a win is a win, although I would have liked to close him out the correct way in my singles debut for Australia in the Davis Cup.

Last night was quite a quiet affair (yeah right!!) and this morning we are going our own ways, some our heading home whilst others are going to other tournaments although for me I have a few days off and can not wait to get home and see my Mum, Dad, brother and other family and friends. I’ll be home a few days, shoot some hoops with the boys and hang out with my bro Christos before heading down to Melbourne for some training with Simon and the guys and then I will head back over to Europe for some challengers and the ATP event in Stockholm.

Any way guys, I am about to board the plane for my flight home. It really has been an unreal two weeks with these guys, my team mates and we are all so proud of what we have achieved here.

Thanks for the support.

NK

 

Sounding The War Cry In Warsaw

Teaming up in praccy with the captain and legend that is Mr Pat Rafter!

Teaming up in praccy with the captain and legend that is Mr Pat Rafter!

Hey Guys,

Greetings from Warsaw in Poland where I am on Davis Cup duty with the Australian Davis Cup team preparing for our match against Poland this weekend in the Torwar Arena.

We came here after spending a few days in Munich at the Tennis Australia training base there after flying in from New York, we needed to get ready on the clay and in all honesty the preparation there was great as I explained in my previous blog. We came to Warsaw early to get used to the indoor clay conditions and Pat Rafter the Davis Cup captain and Josh Eagle the Davis Cup Coach along with the legendary Tony Roche have been putting us through our paces with some great drills and training sessions, they have made it intense and fun which has kept all the guys switched on but then saying that, if you can’t stay switched on for training when you are representing your country then you should probably find something else to pursue!!

I’m not sure I will be selected to play this weekend, it would be a big (but awesome) call to put me in as the rookie on the team with so many experienced guys here too but either way I am just so honored to be a part of this great team and hopefully one day I will be able to weave my own bit of tapestry in the history of a competition that means so much to Australian tennis players past and present. If I am called up, I will be ready to put my heart and soul out on the court for these guys but if not, I know they will do the same and I will support with everything I have from the side.

Being among these guys is special and to see how intense and focused Lleyton Hewitt is for each and every session is something that I will look to implement in to my game, the guy is a legend of world tennis and Australian sport and to watch him go about his work this closely is a great learning experience for me. Bernie, Marinko, Matt and Chris have all worked so hard this past week in preparation and  regardless of what happens this weekend we will have all put in a shift and if Poland are to get past us, they will have to work for it.

Off the court we have been having fun and bantering as we normally do, sitting around and chewing the fat so to speak which has been interesting to say the least! I’ve played a little bit of Cricket too with the guys in our spare time, we just can’t sit still although when we watched the rerun of the US Open final on Tuesday I was glued to it, Rafa and Novak were playing an insane level of tennis and really showcased what is great about our sport right now, I hope I am able to do the same one day and lead this sport in the same way these great warriors have.

On a side note I just want to mention my mate Thanasi Kokkinakis who reached the final of the boys singles at the US Open this past weekend, he has had a tough year with a stress fracture in his back but he has really picked up the pace and we won the boys doubles together at Wimbledon this year and then he showed what he can do in New York, unfortunately he lost to Coric who is a tough competitor but I just wanted to say a big well done to Thanasi as we have been through so much together and its great to see him doing well, next year he is going to boss it for sure!

Anyway guys, I am going to make tracks and get out of here before Captain Rafter kicks my butt, but before I go I just want to say, please make sure you follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/NickKyrgios as I am giving away a signed Nike shirt at random when I reach 4000 followers and I will also give away a signed Yonex racquet and another signed Nike shirt at random when I hit 5000 followers, so get out there guys and get following.

Thanks for the support.

NK

 

 

New York, New York!!

The Roar That Woke The Beast!

The Roar That Woke The Beast!

Hey Guys,

What an unreal 10 days I had in New York, qualifying for my first grand slam and then taking on one of the big four in a night match on Armstrong, really I have to pinch myself sometimes as this year has become more and more surreal.

As you guys know I took a training block after Wimbledon and I really felt the difference on court as I managed to qualify after coming back from a set down against Malek Jaziri in the final qualifying round, I actually felt pretty fresh still but Malek looked very tired and I took confidence from that. I had a feeling when the main draw came out that I would draw Ferrer as I saw he was due to play a qualifier and in all honesty it was the match I wanted as I knew he had not had his best summer and I’m playing well and sort of sensed I may have an opportunity to do something big.

The day of the match was awesome and I could not wait to get going, the atmosphere was so cool and the buzz around the crowd is what we play for, New York and the US Open just has it’s own feel and I love it.

The match was a great experience for me as David showed me many different qualities out there that have made him the true professional and great player that he is. I was blown away by his focus on every point and his intensity is insane but what really shocked me was how well he moved, we all know he has this reputation as a great mover but until you face it you can’t really judge it, I mean he not only got to balls but was also able to make them too. I hit some forehands bigger than I have ever hit them and they came back and I know that many other guys on tour would not have got near them. If I can take away anything from this match, it is those three qualities of focus, intensity and the physicality’s of what it takes to be a top, top player.

David said some nice things after the match which was good of him as he didn’t need to do that, especially after I got in his face a little bit and kind of woke the beast, so to speak. Part of me afterwards was thinking, careful what you wish for next time Nick; but to be honest I enjoyed the experience and yes it would of been better to win a round or two, as I felt I could have beaten a good 60% of the draw with how I am playing but I really learned a lot against Ferrer and at this stage in my career I have to focus on the learning’s where I can.

After the match I stayed around New York for a few days hanging out with my brother who was over from Australia, he’s such a great asset to have on the road with me and I’m hoping he can be around more. I watched some of the Aussie’s too including Lleyton, the guy is amazing and such a legend. I also watched my mate Dan Evans from Britain play, he had a great run from qualies and can play some silky tennis. The rest of the week was made up of Davis Cup training at the USTA tennis center.

I am now in Munich with Josh Eagle who is the Davis Cup coach, Marinko Matosevic and a few of the other guys in the team as we are preparing here on the red clay ahead of our tie against Poland. I’m hoping to play but just being part of this great team that has so much history and heritage is an honor. Flying over, I flew business and I can safely say that is the way to travel, I can definitely get used to that!

Any way guys, it’s fairly late here in Munich and I didn’t sleep great last night due to jet lag, so I am going to hit the sack.

Thanks for the support.

 

NK

 

Enjoying The Taste Of The Big Apple

I Love The Big Apple!

I Love The Big Apple!

Hey Guys,

As you know I am in New York now for the US Open and the last grand slam of 2013, I really do love this city and everything it is about. I was hoping to catch an NBA game whilst I was here but the season is finished, I’ll come back during the season one day for sure.

This is my first tournament since Wimbledon due to the training block I took and I really am feeling the benefits, I feel I am getting to more balls and able to keep a higher level of intensity for longer periods and I am also getting more on the ball, I really feel that I am hitting the ball bigger.

My brother is here with me from home which is great and he loves New York too, it’s great to experience this with him. In the first round I drew Greg Jones who is a buddy from Australia, it’s never nice playing someone you know, especially a fellow Aussie but I also took comfort that I have played him twice this year and got up both times and that kind of helped going in to my first match in 6 weeks or so. I was pleased with how I played and I served well for periods and I was happy to get the job done in two sets.

I played Joao Souza in the second qualifying round, he is a big physical guy with a big serve but I knew he had not played a whole lot on hard courts and knew if I played my game I had a shot. I played great for a very long period and then had a mid-match wobble which allowed him back in, I actually had 5 match points in the second set and got pipped with a few unlucky calls and net cords going against me and I thought “Oh here we go”, but luckily Souza took an extended break to get changed after the second and I was able to mentally regroup, calm down and come out strong in the third. On a side note I have never seen anyone sweat like he was, even his shoes were soaked and the court was being towelled down at the change of ends as it was just dripping off him.

Tomorrow (Friday) I play the final round against Jaziri, I don’t know too much about him but the guys got some video of his match so we will look at it and go from there, I’m sure he doesn’t know me either.

Any way guys I going now, I’m stretching after my match and have to pick up the pace so I can eat and sleep at a decent hour (we didn’t finish much before 11pm)

Speak soon

NK

US Open Awaits

Me with my Papouli and Yiayia.

Me with my Papouli and Yiayia.

Hi Guys,

This is getting in to a regular pattern where I open my blog with an apology for not writing, so here it is; sorry for not writing guys but the training block was a killer and I just felt like collapsing every night when I got in. As I said in my previous blog, I spent a few days at home and then headed down to Melbourne for my training block at the National Tennis Center at Melbourne Park, my coach Simon Rae was running the show and making sure that everything we have planned for the next few years was in the forefront of his mind when working with the fitness coaches in designing the training program.

The main areas we have been working on are my physicals, making sure I am strong enough to withstand the demands of the men’s game day after day, match after match. The goal is to get bigger, stronger and faster, to be honest I feel great and can feel the differences when it comes to getting to extra balls and I can also feel the extra pace and weight I am putting on the ball, I feel like I am doing everything a little bit better which is a great reward after working so hard, now I have to put it in to matches.

Once the training block was done, I had the chance to go home and see some friends and family for a very short trip before heading to the States for the US Open, it was good to catch up with friends and play some basketball, I also got to go visit my grandparents (my Dad’s parents) who are Greek, we call them Papouli and Yiayia I love spending time with them whenever I can, family really is the most important thing in the world to me.

I also made my first ever guest of honor appearance for the 50th anniversary at my old primary school which was neat, I spoke about my experiences and the need to work hard and stay focused if you are to achieve your goals. It was a special night and I thank everyone at Rosary Primary School for inviting me and for putting on such a great evening.

Right now I am in the States preparing in Florida for the heat and humidity that awaits us in New York, this will be the first slam that I have gained entry in to on my own ranking so it’s kind of special, I was in with a shout for the wild card in to the main draw courtesy of the TA and USTA wild card swap but James Duckworth was granted it and to be honest, I nor anybody else can argue as he deserves it, he’s had a great US hard court swing so far and he can definitely hurt a lot of guys in the main draw that’s for sure and I’ll be supporting him all the way.

Any way guys I am about to go to sleep as it’s late here, I will be in touch more whilst on the road and will keep you all in the loop.

Thanks

NK