Nick Kyrgios ‘pumped’ to rejoin Team World for the Laver Cup

Shahida Jacobs
Nick Kyrgios delighted after victory
Nick Kyrgios

Defending Laver Cup champions, Team World, have been given a major boost ahead of this year’s tournament as Nick Kyrgios will be part of the squad once again.

Kyrgios was an ever-present member of John McEnroe’s Team World during the first four editions, but he skipped the 2022 event at London’s O2 Arena. Despite his absence McEnroe’s men went on to win their first title as they defeated Team Europe 13−8.

The Australian, though, will return for the 2023 tournament, which will take place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, from September 22-24.

“I’m pumped to be a part of Team World,” the world No 26 said. “As I’ve said many times before, a kid from Canberra representing the world, it’s pretty special and I’m ready to go to battle.”

He added: “The fact that Team World finally got one on the board is amazing. I’ve been a part of the team four times and we came up short after being close so many times.

“The fact that now we know we can do it is a special thing. Hopefully, I can just add to that team, not change the spirit up too much, just add some positive vibes and see if we can get it done again.”

Kyrgios has a 1-4 record in the singles at the Laver Cup while he is 3-1 in doubles.

“Nick is one of the most talented guys on Tour,” seven-time Grand Slam winner and team captain McEnroe said.

“We saw the level of tennis he’s capable of last year at Wimbledon and we’re all looking forward to seeing him on the court again soon. He brings great energy and passion. I’m excited to have him back on the team in Vancouver.”

Nick Kyrgios 2023 injury woes

The 27-year-old will no doubt hope that his injury woes are behind him by the time the Laver Cup gets underway as he is yet to make a top-level appearance in 2023.

He was due to start his season at the United Cup, but withdrew due to a knee injury. He then played an exhibition match against Novak Djokovic ahead of the Australian Open. However, he then pulled out of the season-opening Grand Slam on the eve of the tournament and underwent surgery on his knee.

The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up was initially expected to return at the Sunshine Double, but he missed both the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open and looks set to skip the French Open.

However, he is expected to play in an exhibition match against Holger Rune in Copenhagen on May 24.