Nick Kyrgios confirms Laver Cup is his last event of the year and again gives early retirement hint

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Nick Kyrgios with a towel

We won’t see Nick Kyrgios again on the ATP Tour in 2021 once the Laver Cup is complete with the Australian also again revealing he only plans to play for a few more years.

Kyrgios has only played in eight tournaments this year, skipping the early hard-court season outside of Australia, the entire clay-court campaign and most of the grass-court season.

His best results have been runs to the third round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and, as a result, he has dropped to No 95 in the ATP Rankings.

The 26-year-old, though, did sign up for the Laver Cup as he had previously revealed that he enjoys the team aspect of the tournament.

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However, he lost his singles rubber against Team Europe’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday before teaming up with John Isner of the United States in the doubles, but they were defeated by Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.

After the day’s action Kyrgios confirmed that his 2021 campaign has come to an end.

“This is my last event of the year,” he said. “I will get my body right ahead of the Australian Open.”

The Australian added: “I’ll get my body right and I’ll start my pre-season for the Australian Open and then go from there.

“I’m not a player that’s going to play every week. I’ve got a lot of off-court duties and all that type of stuff, so we’ll re-assess.”

The former world No 13 has never been shy to say that he won’t play professional tennis until his mid-30s and he again admitted that he is likely to call it a day in a few years, especially with his mother’s health worsening.

“As long as I’m on the court I’ll try and give my best but I’m not going to lie and say I plan to play for four or five more years on Tour, that’s just not me,” he said.

“I need to go back home, I’ve been travelling for four and half months now, my mum’s not doing too well with her health, I’d like to go back and see her.’

“I want to spend time with my family.”

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