The future of Nick Kyrgios has long been the subject of contradictory messages and offhand comments.
The most recent report from Dubai should be taken with a pinch of salt or viewed as a glimpse into what lies ahead for the world No. 22 after perhaps the best year of his career.
Kyrgios has already announced his high expectations for the Australian Open. He is training in Sydney, where he may face 22-time major winner Rafael Nadal, and Adelaide.
Like Ash Barty did after winning the Australian Open for the first time in January, he may retire from professional tennis if he ever won a grand slam singles title. He is now competing against the likes of Novak Djokovic in an exhibition in Dubai.
Kyrgios remarked at the World Tennis League teams event, “Hopefully I can win a slam and simply retire.”
After reaching the finals at Wimbledon, three doubles titles, and the Washington Open singles final in 2018, the 27-year-old admitted that his success had added “additional stress” to his life.
While Kyrgios has stated that he “probably will not” play beyond the age of 30, he has also stated that this year has been the most enjoyable of his troubled career.
This season (2022) “required a lot of hard work, a lot of discipline, and it seems the better you do, everyone wants a little bit more of you, and it becomes more stressful,” he remarked.
Although, I did enjoy myself quite a bit this season. I’m just happy to have reached a slam final and live up to some semblance of expectations. I really enjoyed myself, and I could tell a difference in how I felt both off and on the court as a result.
Four teams named the Falcons, Eagles, Kites, and Hawks will compete in the week-long Dubai tournament, which will feature both singles and doubles competitions.