Nick Kyrgios: ‘I think men around my age really struggle to…’

Laura Robson believes that Nick Kyrgios can make a big showing at the US Open as he is not lacking in confidence at the moment. The 27-year-old Kyrgios reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon last year. After a strong result at Wimbledon, Kyrgios won in Washington and also beat World No.1 Daniil Medvedev in Montreal.

“I’m glad he got behind it,” Robson told Tennis365. “Being in the final (of Wimbledon) has given him a push in the right direction. He has finally realized that this is where he should be with his talent and it seems that the fast courts of the United States are perfect for him.

He brings a very different dynamic to the game. He gets people involved and passionate whether they like it or not. He hasn’t had the expectation on his shoulders for a long time, so it’s going to be a different dynamic for him to be one of the favorites.

He is playing with a lot of confidence at the moment and I hope he continues like this.” Kyrgios has played a lot of tennis since the grass season and last week he looked a bit worn out physically and mentally. After beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round in Cincinnati, Kyrgios suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Taylor Fritz in his next match.

Kyrgios didn’t seem to be doing well during that match and it was evident that he was physically tired and probably mentally exhausted. Two weeks ago in Montreal, Kyrgios said it was difficult for him to be away from his mother, who is in the hospital and in poor health.

After the US Open, Kyrgios plans to return home and spend some time with his family.

Kyrgios is among the favorites in NY

Speaking to panel hosts Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer, Nick Kyrgios revealed that he has been plagued by mental health issues since the early stages of his tennis career.

“I actually struggled early with mental health and there were times in my tennis career where I was really struggling,” Nick Kyrgios revealed. “I wasn’t sure if I was okay to feel that way. I deal with messages every day with people who are reaching out and I try to respond to as many people as I can,” Kyrgios said.

“I think men around my age really struggle to open up. Can’t feel weak… [Naomi Osaka] helped me a lot with that.”

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