Nick Kyrgios news: No ‘outrageous bulls***’ from Australian as he drops another retirement hint

Nick Kyrgios at training

Nick Kyrgios has vowed to “soak up every moment” at this year’s Australian Open with the world No 115 admitting “I don’t know what I’ll be doing in a year”.

On the back of another injury-hit 2021 that saw him play only a handful of tournaments, Kyrgios’ 2022 season also got off to a bumpy start as he missed the Melbourne Summer Set due to illness and then tested positive for Covid-19 a few days later.

He is set to get his competitive campaign up and running on Tuesday when he takes on Liam Broady from Great Britain in the first round at Melbourne Park.

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The 26-year-old, who will compete in the main draw of the hard-court Grand Slam for the ninth time in his career, has admitted in the past that he is unlikely to play beyond 30.

When asked by Herald Sun how many Australian Opens he has left in him, he took a swipe at fellow Australian Bernard Tomic who has made numerous comebacks and is determined to prolong his playing career.

“I’m not Bernard Tomic, and I won’t give you some outrageous bulls***,” he said.

“I’ll be honest and say I’m going to soak up every moment of this AO. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in a year’s time.

“I know my personality, I know how unpredictable I feel, I know I live spontaneously. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in a year.”

He added: “People are learning to respect that’s just my personality. It might be unorthodox, and not professional in some people’s eyes to live like that as an athlete, but it’s just who I am. It’s a fun way to live. Spontaneous.

“At the end of my career, at the end of my life, no-one can say I didn’t have fun, and I didn’t do it my way.”

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