Nick Kyrgios is the Master of Tweeners
As predicted in some of my earlier blogs, Kyrgios seems to be back in form after a long absence due to injuries. Last week he made it to the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open, where he ran into the GOAT, Roger Federer, and lost in three tough sets 7-6, 2-6, 6-7. This past week, at Queens Club, he again reached the semis, losing to Marin Cilic in two tiebreaks. In the last couple of weeks, we’ve not only gotten a ruthless display of serving and consistency from Kyrgios, but also a slew of Tweeners as well.
What are Tweeners?
For those of you that don’t know what the tweener is, it’s basically a shot that he hits between the legs, no matter the position he’s in. He’s hit tweener drop shots as well as tweener ground stroke passing shots and lobs. This has really become Kyrgios signature shot. The last couple of weeks have not only been great form wise for Kyrgios, but also great for the art of the Tweener. He’s been dishing them out all the time. Here’s a few examples:
- Here’s a point where he hits two Tweeners in one point in his win vs. Murray at Queens Club.
- Here’s a Tweener approach ended at the net with a solid forehand volley against Edmund. I mean, a Tweener approach!? Wowza!
- Just when you thought that Tweener approach was bonkers, here’s another winning approach the week before at Stuttgart against Feliciano Lopez.
And just in case you can’t get enough of the Master of Tweeners with the above three examples I just provided, make sure you watch his top 10 Winning Tweeners of 2017. In this video you’ll see passing shot Tweeners, baseline rally Tweeners, net defensive Tweeners, and lob tweeners. It’s a Tweener bonanza.