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“I had so much anxiety” – Nick Kyrgios opens about his mental space ahead of 2022 Wimbledon final

Kyrgios was set to face Rafael Nadal in the semi-final but the Spaniard had to pull out of the tournament because of health reasons.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 9 July 2022 2:57 pm

Nick Kyrgios

The enigmatic Nick Kyrgios is all set to face Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2022 Wimbledon. But before the summit clash, the Australian player opened up about facing anxiety and nervousness which led to him not having a good night’s sleep during Friday’s press conference. He then spoke about how he hopes to get back to his routine before the final.

He said, “I had a shocking sleep last night, though, to be honest. I probably got an hour’s sleep just with everything, like the excitement. I had so much anxiety, I was already feeling so nervous, and I don’t feel nervous usually. I just know there’s a lot of people that want me to do well and give my best. But I had a shocking sleep last night. Hopefully, I can get some sleep tonight (smiling).”

Kyrgios also talked about feeling disappointed about not facing Rafael Nadal in the semi-final as the Spaniard had to pull out of the tournament because of abdominal injury. He said, “Honestly my first feeling was a bit of disappointment. My energy was so focused on playing him and tactically how I’m going to go out there and play, the emotions of walking out there, all that type of stuff.”

“But, you know, it wouldn’t have been easy for him to do that. I’m sure that a lot of his team members and himself, there would be a part of him that wanted to play, for sure. He barely lost a match this year. He wanted to probably go for all four. So it wouldn’t be easy,” he continued.

The Aussie then discussed the importance of playing the semi-finals as it mentally prepares for the next game. “Obviously at a Grand Slam, you want to have those matches. I think in a way, exactly right what you said, the competitive juices, you want to have those going, the adrenaline. That’s just something that I’m going to have to go into the final without that semi-final kind of experience,” said Kyrgios.

Nick Kyrgios will face former World no. 1 on Sunday at the Centre Court in the Wimbledon 2022 final.


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