Nick Kyrgios has reminded everyone why he thinks he should be considered next in line to usurp the ‘Big Three’ and end the Grand Slam stronghold after taunting his Next Gen rivals.
The coronavirus pandemic brought a swift halt to the ATP Tour and uncertainty remains to whether the schedule will recommence in 2020.
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While the French Open was suspended and pushed back to September, Wimbledon was cancelled and the tour put it serious doubt for the remainder of the year.
But many have questioned whether Novak Djokovic (33), Rafael Nadal (33) and Roger Federer (38) can remain at the top of the men’s game due to their age and the emerging talent following the unprecedented break.
Critics have mentioned Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the potential usurpers, despite Nadal and Djokovic maintaining the grip on the Grand Slams over the last two years.
Medvedev, 24, enjoyed an incredible hard-court run last year and made it to the US Open final, which he lost to Nadal in a five-set thriller.
Zverev, 23, made it to the 2020 Australian Open semi-final and Tsitsipas, 21, won the ATP Finals at the end of 2019.
An Instagram page posted Kyrgios’ stunning record against the trio with the caption: “A lot of people talk. about Next Gen and forget about Kyrgios.”
“Kyrgios vs. Next Gen is pretty one-sided though so far.”
This prompted the 25 year old Aussie to share the post on his story and take a light-hearted dig at his critics.
“Don’t forget about Kygs man,” he said, accompanied with three laughing emojis.
Kyrgios defeats Next Gen rival
Kyrgios’ latest victory against one of the Next Gen was at the ATP Cup.
The Aussie downed Tsitsipas to stretch his record to 2-0.
The match was also marred when the charismatic Greek lost his cool and accidentally hit his dad with his racquet.