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“I’m not going to leave anything in the tank these two weeks” – Kyrgios promises to go all out before the US Open

Nick Kyrgios says he will not leave anything in the tank as he plans to play three weeks in a row and then take a one-week break before the US Open, which begins on August 29.

Nick Kyrgios at the 2022 National Bank Open in Montreal Nick Kyrgios at the 2022 National Bank Open in Montreal Image Credit: Zuma / Panoramic

With a Grand Slam tournament a few weeks away, players at times space themselves out in order to ensure they reach the Major event in prime physical conditioning.

But Australia’s Nick Kyrgios says he will not leave anything in the tank as he plans to play three weeks in a row and then take a one-week break before the US Open, which begins on August 29.

Kyrgios won the singles & doubles title at the Citi Open in Washington DC last week and then flew to Montreal for the Canadian Masters. That was after he won the doubles in Atlanta the week prior to Washington.

Kyrgios : “Without the points of Wimbledon…”

On Wednesday, he won his second round match against world No 1 Daniil Medvedev, who himself had won an ATP title in Los Cabos on Sunday. Kyrgios, now 3-1 lifetime against Medvedev, later said he will go all out this week in Montreal and next week in Cincinnati because he knows there are no guarantees for the future in the sport.

“I’m not going to leave anything in the tank these two weeks”, Kyrgios said. “Especially I said it before, without the points at Wimbledon, my ranking still is not guaranteed to be seeded at all tournaments. I need to capitalize on these two weeks. These are two massive weeks. I’ve had success in Cincinnati before.”

“I made the final there. I feel like I’m confident. But there’s nothing guaranteed. Like there’s no guarantees that even if I go into the US Open fresh that I’m going to do well. There’s never any guarantees in life. I could go into the US Open, feel fresh, play someone on the day that is just too good. Then I’m going to regret not leaving it all out of the tank in Montreal, Cincinnati”.

The 27-year-old, who plays fellow Aussie Alex de Minaur for a quarter-final spot in Montreal, said he was not thinking too far ahead and taking things one day at a time.

“I am taking it one day at a time”, Kyrgios confirms. “I am not even looking ahead. There’s so much effort going into my everyday routine now. I am not even thinking ahead. I think it is the best way to live my life is to just go day by day, try to be a bit better every day. When we get to US Open, we get to the US Open”.

“That’s like three weeks away. There’s so much that can go wrong. I could roll my ankle, for instance. Like, touch wood, I could roll my ankle walking to the car or something like that. I’m not going to think about that. It’s so far away.”

“I feel like I’m just playing for a lot more than myself now”- Kyrgios

Kyrgios, one of the most popular players on the tour, further added that he wanted to give his best performance, even though he was a bit tired, because he felt a responsibility towards the fans.

“I feel like I’m just playing for a lot more than myself now. I look at today, I’m in Montreal, center court, one of the most beautiful courts in the world against Medvedev. I would be kind of selfish to not go out there and try to give the crowd a good performance, myself a good performance, my team a good performance, everyone watching. I feel like if I didn’t show up today, I’d be doing a lot of people a disservice. That’s what’s sport needs, the sport needs matchups like this. You look at the crowd. I’m sure all the players were watching it. It’s important that big players and iconic players show up to matches like this because it keeps the sport alive I think.”

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