‘I’d say me!’ – Nick Kyrgios makes huge Wimbledon claim
World number 78 Nick Kyrgios has claimed that he is the best grass-court player in the world ahead of Wimbledon.
The Australian, ranked 144th in the world at the time, burst onto the scene back in 2014 as he became the first man to reach the last eight on debut in a decade.
En route to the quarter-finals, the man from Canberra recorded famous wins against 13th Richard Gasquet and world number one Rafael Nadal.
However, despite his breakthrough moment eight years ago at the All England Club, in recent years Kyrgios has struggled at SW19 as he has not reached the fourth round since 2016.
Last month, Nick Kyrgios announced that he is to miss this year’s French Open as his primary focus remains on the upcoming grass-court season.
Kyrgios has had arguably his best season to date, as he won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in the men’s doubles as well as end his clay hiatus recording several wins over top seeded players, therefore entering the Summer Slam full of confidence.
In a recent interview, Kyrgios’s confidence was on full display as he discussed his performances in 2022 stating that the year “has just been different” and it’s “gone pretty well” as he claimed he was the best player on grass in the world.
When asked who is the most dominant player on the grass on tour right now, Kyrgios responded, “I mean, on the grass, I’d say me!.
“Something about this year has just been different.
“I’ve played five or six events and I’ve gone pretty well in pretty much every one I’ve played and I’ve beaten a lot of the top players in the world this year.
“I guess it’s more of a resurgence year, just going out there and showing people that I don’t have to go out there and play all the time, [that] I can still be at the top of the game. I’m just enjoying it and doing it my way.
“I play for a lot of people. I feel like I’m very relatable. A lot of kids and people look up to me when I play. If someone like me can make it this far and achieve what I’ve achieved, I think it gives them a lot of hope.
“Obviously, I’m 27 now, so I’ve got to provide a bit of money, but it’s just a lot of fun; the tennis tour, travelling around the world, it’s a pretty nice lifestyle. I want to soak it up while I can.”
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