Nick Kyrgios ‘struggling’ as he misses home, but vows ‘to carry on’ at US Open as he is ‘one of the favourites’
Nick Kyrgios admits he has “one eye on home” after several months away from his family, saying just talking about it “makes him a little bit sad”.
The Australian has been one of the form players on the ATP Tour the past few months as he reached a couple of semi-finals in the lead-up to Wimbledon and then went all the way to the final at SW19 before losing against Novak Djokovic.
He has continued that form on the North American hard-court swing, winning the singles and doubles titles at the Citi Open, made it to the quarter-final of the Canadian Open – defeating world No 1 Daniil Medvedev en route – and he now he is into the fourth round of the US Open.
His 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory over American JJ Wolf on Friday earned him a clash against defending champion Medvedev, but Kyrgios once again opened up about his homesickness.
“I’m struggling with it, to be honest,” he said. “I think a big part of me would love to just be home with my girlfriend and see our families and have that comfortable type of lifestyle. But this is just what I do.
“It’s fun at times obviously going to new places, meeting new people, seeing the world. It’s fun. But it’s hard. Because we text message, we try and FaceTime, but it doesn’t do it justice. You miss crucial moments of life.
“I personally struggle with it because I value those little homes at home. Obviously I’m a tennis player who doesn’t play a heavy schedule because of that reason. I don’t want to miss those moments. Especially when they’re significant moments like my mum’s birthday, when she’s not healthy, in and out of hospital.
“It’s hard to put that like out of your mind while you’re on the road. I’m at the US Open. Reality is I’m at the US Open. I’m one of the favourites. I’m expecting myself to do well. I’m just going to have to carry on.
“But obviously, yeah, I’ve got one eye on home after this tournament. It’s hard. Only Australians understand that. No other tennis player understands what it’s like to be on the road for that long. No one does. It’s hard. Something they don’t have to deal with.
“Yeah, I try not to think about it. I try not to talk about it too much as well. I don’t know, it makes you sad a little bit.”
Kyrgios will head into the clash against Medvedev with 3-1 advantage in their head-to-head, but he knows it will be a different challenge at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.
“There’s no shame in losing to a player like that. But the way I’m playing, the game plan and the success I had against him obviously in Montreal, I definitely feel like I have a fighting chance,” he said.
“Not many players can say that right now, going in to play Medvedev at the US Open.
“We’ve got major respect for each other. I’ve got major respect for his coach as well. He’s a great guy. Been really nice to me. Look, I think it’s going to be a fun battle.”
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