In an interesting turn of events, Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios, who is currently taking part in a breakthrough season on the ATP World Tour, has decided to call an end to his season prematurely because he is “emotionally spent.”
“I’ve pulled out of the other tournaments because I’m emotionally spent, I’m a bit gone and burnt out,” Kyrgios told smh.com.au. “This is my last tournament of the year, so I’m going to just go out and give everything I can.
“Physically I’ve probably only got enough left for one more tournament, and mentally I’m a bit worn out. So I am looking forward to the break.”
Kyrgios experienced a breakthrough moment at the Wimbledon Championships two months ago when he toppled two-time champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the tournament. It was a remarkable win for the youngster, who had never beaten a Top 10 competitor in his short career and arrived at SW 19 with a 1-5 record on the professional tour.
Kyrgios has played in 11 tournaments this year, two Davis Cup ties for Australia and has won more than $600,000 in prizemoney.
“People are bombarding him straight away and, personally, I’m still going through it as well … it doesn’t help in any way with the hype,” Kyrgios said. “You don’t want to expose him too much yet … he’s got such a long way to go. I see him as a little brother and right now he probably doesn’t need that stuff. I’ve had patches where it has affected my tennis. It can be draining.”
Kyrgios will play his final tournament of the season in Malaysia next week but is already looking forward to some deserved rest and recuperation.
“I’m really excited to play in Malaysia, but at the same time I can really smell the finish line,” Kyrgios said. “I can’t wait for the break, I just want to sit back and take a break from everything so I don’t have to worry … relax and enjoy life a little bit.