Nick Kyrgios - Australian Open 2023

Nick Kyrgios claims ‘there’s no chance’ he will play until 33

Nick Kyrgios has shut down any chance of him playing late in to his thirties, with the Aussie further postponing his comeback to the ATP tour.

Kyrgios has only played one competitive match this year following his knee surgery in January, losing in straight sets to Wu Yibing in Stuttgart.

The 2022 finalist consequently withdrew from Wimbledon, after revealing that he had torn a ligament in his wrist when practicing in Mallorca.

Kyrgios has since pulled out of the ATP 500 event taking place in Washington D.C. next week, where he is the defending champion.

The 28-year-old has been asked about his future in tennis and whether he would play late into his thirties like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

However, Kyrgios’ response was very clear, “No f****** chance. No way. Bro, there’s no chance I’m playing until 33. Kyrgios playing until 33 is insane. I’m not playing until 33. Nah, I promise you, when I’m gone, you’ll never see me again. The schedule is out of control. I’m getting old, I’m getting old. 28, yeah – but all the drinking and partying, I’m like 57.”

At the Australian Open earlier this year, Kyrgios spoke similarly about wanting to have the freedom to do what he wants.

“It is a lot of training and a lot of work,” Kyrgios said in January. “I just want to be able to eat whatever I want and drink what I want to drink, and just relax. It is a hard lifestyle.”

Although Kyrgios will not be playing in the US capital, he is still on the entry list for the Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati, as well as the US Open.

Nick Kyrgios and his points to defend this year

As Kyrgios prepares to comeback to the tour once again, we at Tennishead wanted to breakdown the ranking points that he  has to defend for the latter part of this year:

Kyrgios current total ranking points: 1175 (No.35)

2022 Points to defend:

Washington: Champion – 500 points

Toronto/Montreal: Quarter-finalist – 180 points

Cincinnati: Second Round – 45 points

US Open: Quarter-finalist – 360 points

Tokyo: Quarter-finalist – 90 points

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.