Nick Kyrgios says it would be great if he could play mixed doubles with Ashleigh Barty. In a video for the Tennis Channel, several players were asked which legend they would like to play mixed doubles with. Kyrgios, who reached her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon this year, named former Grand Slam champion Barty.
After winning this year’s Australian Open, Barty announced a surprising retirement from tennis at the age of 25. «I don’t think Ashleigh Barty and I have ever been associated, but I think it would be a good match,» Kyrgios said.
Kyrgios captured the Australian Open men’s doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis, while Barty won the Australian Open women’s singles title. «Ash’s father came to see us and told us that the crowd was the best he had ever seen.
Ash is obviously a great player. But people watch my games. Everywhere in the world where I play, the stadiums are packed for that reason,» Kyrgios said after he and Kokkinakis won the title. Some Australian media interpreted those comments as an attack by Kyrgios on Barty.
Kyrgios then took to Instagram, where he made it clear that he had nothing but love and respect for Barty. «What!»#$ means. Honestly, I haven’t said anything disrespectful to Ashleigh Barty… I’m sad because this year’s audience was amazing and I feel like Thanasi Kokkinakis and I were a big part of that.»
John McEnroe on Nick Kyrgios
Tennis great John McEnroe recently spoke about the controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios and stated that he is the player with whom the American is currently most compared. «He (Nick Kyrgios) is the guy that I get compared to the most, and he’s the guy that, right now, if he’s committed for the next two years, he could do some really good things in tennis,» McEnroe said.
«For that with Nick, he’s moving the needle, and there’s a lot of new fans coming into the sport because of him, so that’s a really positive thing,» McEnroe said, adding, «And he’s electrifying in a way, I would like to think
Some of that I brought to the game when I got into it. We are all afraid of failure and we try to face it in the best possible way. The best way I think you can do is go out there and do your job to the best of your ability. Every time you do it, it’s hard to do.»