Kyrgios Prioritises Australian Open

Kyrgios Prioritises Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios says a big performance in his home Grand Slam, the Australian Open, is his top target for the start of 2019. The Australian endured a difficult 2018 as injuries restricted him to just 14 tournaments.

The 23-year-old should be fully fit for the start of the new season and is set to begin 2019 by attempting to defend the Brisbane International title.

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Kyrgios, who is now ranked as the world number 35 by the ATP, has low expectations going into the Brisbane event but hopes he can hit top form in Melbourne.

“I wasn’t really expecting much going into [Brisbane] last year and I won’t expect much going there this year again,” said Kyrgios, as reported by Tennis World USA.

“I’m just going to go there, play my style of tennis and if I happen to come out on top again, it’s great. “But if not, it’s not so much of a big deal. I know there are bigger fish to fry, I’d rather win the [Australian Open] than Brisbane or something like that.

Obviously, I’d like to defend my title, but it’s not life or death for me. “I’ve been going pretty hard [in training but] I haven’t really picked up a racquet yet and started hitting.”

He added: “I know it will be hectic in a couple weeks and I’m excited for the Aussie Open, I’ll never take a Grand Slam for granted.”

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