Shot clock is slowing me down not speeding me up, insists Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios in jovial mood

Nick Kyrgios says that the introduction of shot-clock is not really affecting his game, and in fact he is barely even noticing it at all.

The decision to put a court-side timer to hold players to the 25 seconds they are permitted to serve has split opinion in the game, with ATP Tour world number one Rafael Nadal an especially outspoken critic.

However, Kyrgios has added his name to the list of players unopposed to the change, mainly due to his naturally lightning quick game.

“I think for me it’s actually just a reminder that I can slow down”, said Kyrgios.

“Sometimes when the shot clock is not there, I’ll just continually keep going and going and going.

“And with the shot clock there, I mean, I’m at the line with, like, 20 seconds to go. I’m, like, jeez, I can relax and compose myself a little bit.

“I don’t even really notice it at all, to be honest.

“I think just in general a quick game is a good game. I don’t really need to think between points.

“I know what I’m going to do. I mean, I don’t really think about it.”

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