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.
#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.
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.
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.
It was announced on Saturday that WME IMG have joined forces with Nick’s long time management company Global Sporting Connections in relation tomanaging and handling Nick’s professional career.
Nick will continue to be managed by John Morris of GSC in this joint venture but they will work closely with Carlos Fleming at WME IMG. Nick is excited about the potential opportunities in working with the worlds largest sports and entertainment management company “I’m pleased we have managed to pull this together, I am looking forward to having WME IMG join my existing team and alongside John Morris, I can not wait to start working with Carlos Fleming. I am excited about the possibilities that lay ahead and I am keen to get moving.”
Nick has signed an agreement to become the new face of Malaysian Airlines, having flown Malaysian Airlines frequently over the years Nick is looking forward to working with the Kuala Lumpur based airline “I am so pleased and honoured to be working with Malaysian Airlines, as you all know my Mum is Malaysian and I am deeply proud of my Malaysian heritage and to partner with such a prestigious airline that is also Malaysian is a dream come true and I look forward to flying with them and arriving fresh and ready to go at my future tournaments.”
Nick has been awarded the highest accolade in Australian Tennis after being awarded the Newcombe medal at the Tennis Australia Awards, which is a glitzy annual end of year award ceremony acknowledging the good and the great of Australian Tennis and their achievements and services to tennis.
Named after former world number one and three time Wimbledon champion John Newcombe, the main award is very much a highly thought of and well coveted prize amongst the very best in Australian Tennis. Nick who stunned his fellow guests by donning a purple suit to take home the best fashion sense award before the night had got started was nominated last year and was this year named the youngest ever winner of the Newk Medal “I am just so stoked to win this award, also a little surprised if truth be known as I thought Casey was nailed on to win it. We have both had great years and to share this platform with many of the greats of our game is very special.”
Nick would go on to thank all the members of his team and even had a touching mention for former coach Simon Rae, a rare glimpse in to the softer side of the man who has taken professional tennis by storm this year.
Nick will no head to the IPTL which kicks off in Manila later this week.
Nick enjoyed a flying visit to London this past week and whilst in the UK capital he took time out form his busy schedule to meet his favourite premier league football team Tottenham Hotspur.
Nick was shown around the new training ground which is in North London and was hugely impressed by the state of the art facilities “I was so impressed with the set up at Spurs’ training ground. When I am in London I would love to train there myself, its truly world class and with that set up you know they will achieve major success in the future.”
During the visit Nick was able to meet several of the players and was presented with a personalised shirt with his favourite player, Adebayor’s number 10 on the back “I met the boss Mauricio, who was really welcoming and I also had a chat with Nabil Bentaleb who seemed a really nice guy. I was pumped to get my own shirt and to have Adebayor on the back was just unreal, he’s a legend in my eyes. The guys were working out pretty hard so I didn’t get to meet or speak to as many as I would have liked but hopefully I can visit again and meet a few more.”
Nick has moved up to number 2 in Australia and only 4 spots behind current Australian number 1 and former world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt after achieving a new ATP career high ranking at number 53.
Nick who reached the third round of the US Open is currently in Perth with his Australian Davis Cup team mates as they prepare for their upcoming clash against Uzbekistan at Cottesloe Tennis Club.
There has been some speculation in the press regarding my coaching team and I would like to take this opportunity to announce a change within my current coaching team and set up.
Josh Eagle will be overseeing my tennis as my coach both on the road and in Australia, with Todd Larkham running things from Canberra although I hope I can travel with them both at key events. My strength and conditioning will continue to be organised and delivered by AK (Aaron Kellett).
My desire to be at home more in Canberra, when I am not at tournaments has driven me to make the decision for change within my team. This decision is something I have made myself and was decided and conversed to everyone prior to the French Open and in light of my recent success it is obviously not a decision I have taken lightly.
My deepest thanks go to Simon Rea who has been nothing but a steady, calm and positive influence on me. My time with Simon was an incredibly special time for us both and I learned and achieved a lot thanks to Simon and I will be forever grateful for his input and drive to improve my game. We both knew going in to Wimbledon that it would be our last event working together and in some ways, to sign off with a quarter final appearance was a special reward and a fitting end. Not only is Simon a great coach but he is a great person and I wish him all the best in the next phase of his coaching career.
My next event will be the Toronto ATP 1000 event in early August and until then I will be working with my team in a training block in both Melbourne and Canberra.
Thanks for your understanding and continued support.