Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon 2019

Nick Kyrgios: ‘I can beat 50% of the Wimbledon draw without much preparation’

Nick Kyrgios is not expecting to play his best tennis at Wimbledon given his lack of preparation but still fancies his chances against half of the players in the draw.

The world No. 61 also praised his first round opponent – Halle champion Ugo Humbert – as having the potential to do some “special things”.

Kyrgios has not played since losing a thrilling five-setter to Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Australian Open in February.

The Australian pulled out of scheduled pre-Wimbledon grass court events at Queen’s Club and Mallorca with a neck injury.

“I feel decent after not playing a match in however long. That time at home was amazing. I felt that Wimbledon is an event that I never take for granted if I can play it,” the 26-year-old told reporters pre-tournament.

“I felt that Wimbledon is an event that I never take for granted if I can play it. I can’t expect myself to play my best tennis as I did a couple years ago. So I’m not putting too much pressure of expectation on myself.

“Generally, I feel really good. I feel that I can beat 50% of the draw on grass without much preparation. Ugo has been playing some incredible tennis. I played a lot of players and I’m tactically switched on, and he’s got the game to do some special things in this sport.

“He is a very good grass court player – He’s got a very good serve, very good backhand for a lefty and good volley. It’s going to be tough.”

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