Nick Kyrgios thinks he has “made huge strides mentally” this year and described his Wimbledon run as “a highlight.” Kyrgios, 27, enjoyed the season of his life this year. At the start of the season, Kyrgios became a Grand Slam champion after he and Thanasi Kokkinakis won the Australian Open men’s doubles title.
In July, Kyrgios fell just short of also becoming a Grand Slam champion in singles as he fell short to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. Kyrgios, who at one point was ranked outside the top-100, finished the year ranked at No 22 in the world.
Now, Kyrgios has been nominated for the John Newcombe Medal in Australia.
Kyrgios on his year
“Wimbledon was a highlight this year. There were some really memorable matches. I think I learned a lot about myself and really developed as a person.
I was playing great tennis but even more than that, I made huge strides mentally,” Kyrgios said. A total of seven Australian players have been nominated for the John Newcombe Medal. The players that have also been nominated are Alex de Minaur, Matt Ebden, Max Purcell, Ashleigh Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders.
De Minaur, who helped Australia reach the final at the Davis Cup Finals, felt his nation enjoyed a great tennis year. “If I had to choose one moment, I think it would probably have to be either winning my sixth title in Atlanta or making the final at Davis Cup at the end of the year and getting very close to lifting a Davis Cup title.
It’s been such an amazing year for Australian tennis and I’m just happy to be a small part of it. Ultimately, it’s great to see such a proud and rich in history nation playing some great tennis and pushing the limits on the world tour,” de Minaur said. It remains to be seen if Kyrgios can win this year’s John Newcombe Medal.
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