The Nick Kyrgios Show is Back at Wimbledon

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The Nick Kyrgios Show is Back at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios flew into London four days before Wimbledon, without entering any grass-court tune-ups or real practice on grass. He came in five months after his last match at the Australian Open and 18 months after being mostly inactive on tour. Did any of this matter? Of course not! Nick proceeded to give Ugo Humbert, one of the most “in form” players on tour, and the recent Halle champion all he could handle. Eventually, Kyrgios would prevail in five entertaining sets.

It comes to show that for someone as talented as Nick Kyrgios, he can come into a Grand Slam and take on the very best in the world on a day’s notice. One can only imagine what Kyrgios could do if he was 100% committed to playing week in and week out on the tour. Supposedly we’ll know this summer due to his commitments to the hard-court tournaments across the US.

In the meantime, though, we will get to see him play at Wimbledon, where if you study his draw, he has the potential to go deep into the tournament. Federer and Djokovic are in separate quarters of the draw, whereas Kyrgios in Zverev’s quarter. If Kyrgios gets through the second round, he will potentially meet Auger-Alliasime in the third round, followed by Zverev in the fourth and Berrettini in the quarters. These are all winnable matches for Kyrgios, especially if he serves to his ability.

The longer the tournament goes on, the faster the grass courts will become. Once he gets into the third and fourth rounds, there will be nobody able to stop his service games. On the return games, there will be very few who will be able to handle his flat two-handed backhand. Finally, there will be few that will be able to handle the electricity and support that the crowds will provide him. Starting today, and through the quarters, this quarter of the draw may very well belong to Nick Kyrgios.

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