Nick Kyrgios concedes that even if he had won Wimbledon, he likely wouldn’t have been able to motivate himself. At the age of 27, Kyrgios won his first Grand Slam tournament, Wimbledon.
Kyrgios played against Novak Djokovic in the final and did exceptionally well. Despite Kyrgios’ best efforts, he lost in four sets to Djokovic, despite being the better player.
“To win Wimbledon is the ultimate goal of any tennis player. In my opinion, Wimbledon is the most prestigious sporting event ever. I warned my team and admitted to myself that even a Wimbledon victory might not be enough to keep me motivated.
Honestly, I don’t know what else I could possibly have to prove as a tennis player “Kyrgios reportedly said this in a Citi Open interview, as reported by Sportskeeda.
A reflection by Kyrgios on his experiences
Kyrgios says he learned from his run at Wimbledon that mental fortitude is essential for success at the Grand Slam tournament.
“A Grand Slam can be lost in a single day, but it cannot be won in the same amount of time. What a long period of time it consumes. It’s the ability to keep doing the same things over and over again for two weeks at the highest level, you know, when you play a match and then have a day off, and then play another match and then have a day off “Kyrgios shed some light.
“There are numerous indistinct factors to consider. Perhaps you’ll get sick before a big game, like I did before facing (Filip) Krajinovic. The physical pain is causing mental distress. After Rafa left, I slept for two days straight.
My mind wasn’t in the best place, but my body felt fine.” Kyrgios won the Australian Open doubles championship with Thanasi Kokkinakis in January, making him a Grand Slam champion.
After waiting another six months, Kyrgios finally reached his first Grand Slam singles final, but he came up short.