Nick Kyrgios will be back in action after nearly on year as he plays the Australian Open warm-up event next week. But the 25-year-old admitted that he hadn’t missed either the game or the players during the long break.
“I’m not going to lie. I didn’t miss the game that much,” Kyrgios said on Saturday.
“I’m a competitor. I compete with everything I do. I was playing computer games, that kind of stuff, getting my little competitive edge there. I didn’t really miss the game at all.
“I don’t miss too many people on tour to be honest, apart from all the Australian guys and a couple of good friends.”
The Australian will take on Alexandre Muller in the opening round of the Murray River Open on Monday. It will be his first tournament since the 2020 Australian Open.
Kyrgios, who has stayed in the news for his rants against other players, justified or not, said aid he did not even touch a tennis racquet for the first four-five months of the break.
Kyrgios said he was lucky to have spent a “crazy year” with his family and friends before resuming training with compatriot Jordan Thompson.
“I feel mentally completely refreshed, ready to go again,” he said. “I feel like I am playing well and am ready to go. Everyone is really playing it by ear. Nobody really knows who is in form and who is not.
“I’m going to take it day by day and try to enjoy myself as much as I can.”