Former British tennis player and current tennis expert Mark Petchey has encouraged Nick Kyrgios to stay in tennis as he believes the game is more fun with him in it.
“Not sure where you are in the world right now @NickKyrgios but take your time, think about what makes you happy and make the decision that suits you best but there are many in tennis who want to see you stay in the sport. You are a long time retired. Tennis ball is more fun with you in it,” Petchey said in a Twitter post.
Kyrgios, a former world No. 13, played his last tournament of the 2021 at the Laver Cup.
“Definitely this is my last event of the year,” Kyrgios revealed to reporters last weekend.
“I need to go back home. I have been travelling for four and a half months now. My mum is not doing too well with her health. I’d like to go back and see her. “Obviously, I’ll get my body right and I’ll start my pre-season, spend time with my family for the Australian Open (in January) and go from there. I will reassess.”
Kyrgios, 26, hinted at an early retirement
“I feel like I’m not one of those players now that’s going to go hunting for points or hunting for accolades or anything like that,” Kyrgios added at the Laver Cup.
“I feel like I have nothing left to prove to myself. I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved. “Where I go from here, everything’s a bonus. I’m playing Laver Cup again, and I’m not going to lie, I think this is my last year I will probably play Laver Cup.
“As long as I’m on the court, I will try and give my best, but I’m not going to lie and say that I’m going to plan to play four or five more years on tour. That’s just not me.”