Nick Kyrgios has confirmed he will compete at Roland Garros again next year after a six-year absence – all because his girlfriend wants to see Paris.
Australia, runner-up at Wimbledon, has given European clay courts ample space for years because they are almost as difficult.
He even once dismissed Roland Garros as the worst Grand Slam of all time, saying the event was “sold out” and should start on the calendar.
Nick Kyrgios has revealed that he will be playing at Roland Garros for the first time in six years
But love seems to have triumphed over her hatred of red things.
“Yes, I play Roland-Garros, buddy [Costeen Hatzi] He wants to see Paris, so why not? Kyrgios told reporters in Riyadh last week after being eliminated in the first round of the Diriyah Tennis Cup.
“Collect more money.” [in Paris] […] I played well on clay, I beat [Roger] union [Stan] Wawrinka, you played the final on clay [at Estoril in 2015] But usually this time of year I like to spend some time at home.
Because if I don’t, I travel eight months a year, that’s just too much.
He said he’s going to play at Roland Garros because his girlfriend Costine Hatzi (R) wants to see Paris
Australia revealed that he wants to spend more time with his family and girlfriend back home in Sydney rather than traveling around the world for 12 months.
But she hasn’t seen Paris, so why not?
The last of Kyrgios’ five appearances at Roland Garros came in 2017 when he reached the second round. Twice he reached the third round, but no more.
It will definitely be her only outing on clay next year.
“There’s a lot going on on clay, I’ve said it over and over. There are players in the top 100 whose faces or names I don’t even know, and they only played on clay, it’s crazy.
Kyrgios hasn’t played at Roland Garros since 2017, when he was knocked out in the second round by Kevin Anderson in five sets (above)
But Kyrgios will be delighted that the Paris event welcomes the best players, including the Russia and Belarus players who were left out of Wimbledon this year.
‘I want [Russian] I love men [Daniil] Medevev, [Andrey] Rublev [Karen] Khachanov, some of our best players, in tournaments.
As a competitor, I want to play in all tournaments with the best players, and I think Australia has noticed that. With the Australian Open coming up, we want Novak (Djokovic) this time, and that’s what we did.
We said, “Sport looks better with these guys, so why not be there?”
We are tennis players, not politicians, we are just tennis tournaments trying to entertain the masses.
“Sport brings people together, and I don’t think it should divide people – I think there should be the best tennis players, having fun and putting on a show.”