Nick Kyrgios produced a nearly flawless week of tennis to take home the Citi Open in Washington DC on Sunday, but there is still outrage over his lack of ranking points because of the Wimbledon fallout in 2022.
Kyrgios backed up his run at Wimbledon to become the first Australian in history to win multiple titles in the American capital after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3 in the Citi Open final.
It marked Kyrgios' seventh career ATP title and his first in three years, coming just weeks after his extraordinary run to the Wimbledon final where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
But despite the Aussie's run to a maiden grand slam final and his ATP 500 title in Washington, he will still only be World No.37 when the rankings are updated on Monday.
This means the Aussie will still sit precariously outside the top-32 seedings for the US Open, unless he continues to climb the rankings before the end of the month.
In contrast, if Wimbledon points had been included this year - they were stripped from the All England Club due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes - Kyrgios would be World No.15.
He would also be No.10 in the race to the ATP Finals.
If Kyrgios keeps up his insane form, the Australian will end up in the seedings before the final grand slam of the year at Flushing Meadows.
Nick Kyrgios easily beats Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3 to win the title in Washington DC for the 2nd time.
His 7th career singles title, first precisely since DC 3 years ago.
Kyrgios having the best year of his career: would be #10 in the Race if the Wimbledon points counted. pic.twitter.com/92zI1DhPYq
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 7, 2022
But his ranking still won't afford him a theoretically easier draw compared to if Wimbledon's points counted.
An example of a tougher draw is the prospect of Kyrgios facing World No.1 Daniil Medvedev in the second round of the Canadian Open.
Kyrgios recently admitted that his ranking had never 'reflected his game'.
Although fans were quick to point out that the Aussie had been one of hardest hit players on tour by the rankings farce.
Kyrgios might be the second best player in the world right now. Atp rankings are totally inaccurate now after Wimbledon.
— Scoop Malinowski (@scoopmalinowski) August 7, 2022
Living in a world where Nick Kyrgios is arguably having a better year than the current world #1
- 1 major final each
- 1 masters QF each
- 500 over a 250 title
- better season win%
- If Wimbledon had ranking points they'd be fairly close in the race
That's just singles 👀
— Foot Fault Tennis (@FootFaultPod) August 7, 2022
He has the 5th highest winning percentage on tour this year. He would be #15 in the world if Wimbledon points counted. The men's tour should be shaking if Kyrgios keeps this up.
— Shiva Suresh (@steveksuresh) August 7, 2022
😂 nah all good! By the way, did you know Kyrgios with the win today is Top 30 in the race but he WOULD BE top 10 in the race IF Wimbledon had been allowed to give points?
— The Gaffer (@ttgafger) August 7, 2022
the rankings are an absolute shambles on both tours
bouzkova would have been closed to being seeded this week n instead is in Qualifying
— rick marsonet (@RMarsonet) August 7, 2022
he's gonna have a deep run at one of 1000s tournament and seeding is secured
— David Kaposi (@kaposi_david) August 7, 2022
Kyrgios is still expected to take part in the Canadian Open and Cincinnati, which should see him climb the rankings.
Nick Kyrgios praises big 'transformation'
After the match, Kyrgios said he had gone through a huge 'transformation' in the last year and thanked those that had supported him on the journey.
"It's just very emotional for me," Kyrgios said.
"To see where I was at last year to now, it's just an incredible transformation. I just came out with great energy. I knew that I had experience on my side today. I love this court, I've played so many good matches here, so I'm just really happy with myself.
"I've been in some really dark places. Just to be able to turn it around... There are so many people who have helped me get there, but myself, I've shown some serious strength to just continue and persevere and get through all those times and be able to still perform and win tournaments like this one."
Kyrgios won his previous ATP title at Washington in 2019, while Nishioka captured his only ATP crown in 2018 at Shenzhen.
The 27-year-old Aussie is now 4-0 against his Japanese opponent and also beat him in the third round of his Washington title run in 2019.
Kyrgios, who lost to Djokovic in four sets in the Wimbledon final last month, made back-to-back tour-level finals for the first time in his career and didn't have his serve broken the entire week.
The Aussie has also won 11 of his 12 matches since losing to Djokovic in London.
Kyrgios teamed-up with Jack Sock hours later to defeat Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 7-5, 6-4 to record his second doubles title in as many tournaments.
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