Nick Kyrgios belongs to a group of young guns who are touted to make life more difficult for the established names in the near future. The big-serving 19 year-old from Australia is regarded as a great talent and supposed to be next in line of many high-flying tennis players from down under. Currently ranked No. 160 in the world, Kyrgios received a wild card for the French Open where he lost in straight sets to Canada’s Milos Raonic. „Milos was too good for me, but I’ll go away and get better“, Kyrgios told LetsTalkTennis after his 1st round exit.
A real highlight, however, awaited Kyrgios in advance of his main draw appearance at Roland Garros. Kyrgios got invited by Roger Federer to spend a week practising with him in Zürich. In this interview with LetsTalkTennis, Kyrgios talks about his time with Roger in Switzerland, the rocky road to being a pro and reveals the names of his best friends on tour.
What was the toughest aspect of your transition from junior to pro?
I still feel I am in that transition really, until I am well established inside the top 100 I would say that I have not fully transferred. The obvious thing is going down to the smaller events again although I have managed to move through the levels pretty quickly. The men’s game is so much more physical too and I’ve had to work hard and keep working hard to improve my physicals.