Sporting identity Nick Kyrgios has once again hinted at the possibility of hanging up his tennis racquet.
The Australian maverick, known for his on-court antics and powerful serves, opened up about his contemplation of retirement following a string of injuries that have been a persistent thorn in his side.
Kyrgios has playfully teased retirement in the past, but this time, his words seem to carry a bit more weight.
“I sat down with my agent, Stuart Duguid, a couple of days ago to talk about my future,” Kyrgios wrote in a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald.
“The reality is, there is a part of me that knows my time in the sport may be over. And I’m OK with that.
“It’s a conversation that needed to be had. I’m at a crossroads in my career and have reached a point where life after tennis is a prospect that excites me.”
Kyrgios has rarely graced the tennis court since withdrawing from last year’s Australian Open due to injury.
Encountering another setback, he had to bow out of the French Open, harbouring hopes of recuperating in time for Wimbledon. To the amazement of tennis enthusiasts globally, Kyrgios withdrew from Wimbledon at the last minute.
Plagued not only by a persistent knee injury but also contending with wrist pain during his comeback at the 2023 Mallorca Tennis Championships, a diagnostic scan revealed a torn ligament in his wrist.
The saga persisted as Kyrgios found himself sidelined from yet another prestigious tournament, the US Open, due to injury.
Despite being sidelined, Kyrgios has found a new niche in the commentary box. Throughout the Australian Open, he’s brought a unique touch to regular sports coverage, talking about different topics as an active player and offering fresh insights.
“I could travel the world making really good money commentating on the sport, doing things like I am now with my talk show interviewing guys like Gordon Ramsay and Mike Tyson,” Kyrgios said.
“That’s a life people wish they had. Even the players on the circuit would love to be doing what I am doing now, but they have a different way of thinking.”