An ex-Australian DC captain identifies Nick Kyrgios’ 2022 season’s essential component.

Nick Kyrgios‘ appetite improved after winning the men’s doubles title at the Australian Open, according to former Australian Davis Cup team captain Wally Masur, and that primed him for a successful 2022 season. Kyrgios won his first Grand Slam at the beginning of this season when he and Thanasi Kokkinakis took home the men’s doubles trophy at the Australian Open.

Kyrgios reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon after winning a Grand Slam doubles title. Despite losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in four sets, Kyrgios didn’t make a fool of himself on the court.

“I told Nick, “Hey, man, congrats, you’re the Grand Slam champion. Yeah, it’s only doubles, he sort of muttered sheepishly. That victory piqued his interest in more. He was beginning to realize what he had missed [after] Covid and a separation for the tour.

He definitely lit it up in Wimbledon, too. Not only was the outcome encouraging, but also the way he was playing. His entire skill set was on display for us to see.

Masur: Kyrgios has improved as a teacher.

“Nick has been residing in Sydney, and two days after the Australian Open, he was on the court playing alongside James McCabe, a promising Australian player.

He encourages them, spends time with them, talks tennis with them, and is a great mentor to many of these young players, Masur continued. The 27-year-old Kyrgios has had the best tennis season of his career thus far.

Kyrgios has exhibited an intense focus and total dedication to the game during the entire season. Kyrgios has one singles victory this year and multiple deep runs in other competitions. Kyrgios has been in the news this year for his tennis prowess.

The legendary American tennis player John McEnroe praised Kyrgios‘ performance at Wimbledon and begged with him to continue to have the same passion for the sport after the tournament.