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Kyrgios’s plans for 2023 – win a Grand Slam and retire

After his doubles victory with Bianca Andreescu at the World Tennis League in Dubai, Nick Kyrgios spoke again of his desire to win a Grand Slam and perhaps retire in the process

Nick Kyrgios Kokkinakis/Kyrgios vs Dodig/Krajicek Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks dejected during the Round Robin Green Group double match between Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia and Nick Kyrgios of Australia against Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Austin Krajicek of USA on Day Four of the Nitto ATP, Tennis Herren World Tour Finals at Pala Alpitour on November 16, 2022 in Turin, Italy Torino Pala Alpitour Italy (Imago/Panoramic)

After losing to Karen Khachanov at the US Open, Nick Kyrgios seemed depressed in a press conference and said that “only Grand Slams count” in tennis. When he spoke about his goals for 2023 on Monday in Dubai, the Australian remains in the same mindset.

“Hopefully I can win a slam and just retire,” he said in a press conference after his doubles win with Bianca Andreescu at the World Tennis League.

This is not the first time the 27-year-old has mentioned the possibility of early retirement if he wins a major. At the last US Open, after his victory in the round of 16 against Daniil Medvedev, he said: “Three more matches, potentially, then we never have to play tennis again.”

Kyrgios to play Roland-Garros in 2023

Kyrgios is certainly hoping to tip the balance in his favour, as he confirmed, in his own way, that he will play the French Open in 2023, six years after his last appearance at Porte d’Auteuil and a few months after giving up on the Rolex Paris Masters after announcing himself there.

“My girlfriend wants to know Paris, so I’m going to play at Roland-Garros 2023. It will be good for me to earn some more money, although I would have preferred to stay at home.” he announced in early December on the sidelines of the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia.

The last player to retire after winning a Grand Slam was Pete Sampras at the 2002 US Open, when he was 31 years old and had won 13 majors prior to that.

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