Kyrgios on Federer: “His retirement will hurt tennis the most”


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Kyrgios on Federer: "His retirement will hurt tennis the most"

Off the slopes Nick Kyrgios reappeared. The 26-year-old Australian gave an interview for the French media L’Équipe and opined on various issues. Among them, He referred to the fight that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have to be the “GOAT” and was categorical in his answer.

The outgoing tennis player born in Canberra, the Australian capital, did not avoid the question and made his position clear. “Today I say Federer. He is the most influential player there has ever been. In fact there are players like Dimitrov who literally copy his game, “he said.

And followed: “For me, Federer is the Michael Jordan of tennis, for what he achieved for the sport, with the fans and with the children. Of the Big 3, I think it is Federer who the children admire the most. I think he is the one that has changed the sport the most and it will be his retirement that will hurt tennis the most. Without Federer, there is no Djokovic or Nadal“, he emphasized.

In another part of the interview, Kyrgios, who only played eight tournaments in the 2021 season (including the Laver Cup) and never made it past the third round, stated that to be a professional you don’t necessarily have to look like the big three.

“There are several possible ways to become a professional tennis player, you don’t have to do it like Federer, Nadal or Djokovic. I beat them by going my own way. Whatever the sport or profession, you have to believe in it, have confidence in yourself. Obviously, you have to work hard, “said the current world 90.

Finally he joked about playing doubles at the Australia Open alongside Djokovic and fired: “He is the king of SerbiaWe are talking about one of the best tennis players in history. Hey Novak, did we play doubles together at the Australian Open? No, I’m kidding, I wouldn’t do that to myself, “he closed.


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