Nick Kyrgios hits out at ATP in first comments since Wimbledon

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Pictured here, Nick Kyrgios reacts to a point in the 2022 Wimbledon final.
Nick Kyrgios has questioned the ATP's decision to stage a clay court tournament in the lead-up to the US Open. Pic: Getty

Nick Kyrgios has taken aim at the governing body of men's tennis after taking exception to the upcoming ATP Tour schedule.

The 27-year-old looks set to head into the final major of the year at the US Open high on confidence after his runner-up finish at Wimbledon.

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Kyrgios pushed 21-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic all the way in his first grand slam final at the All England Club.

Following his Wimbledon defeat, Kyrgios has decided to take a well deserved break with his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi in the Bahamas, before he's expected to return home to family in Canberra.

The Aussie is set to return to the courts in Atlanta, where he will fine-tune his game on the hard courts in the lead-up to the US Open, beginning in late August.

Despite being on holidays, Kyrgios clearly still has tennis on his mind after taking the time to criticise the ATP's decision to hold a tournament on clay at this time of the year.

The governing body posted a graphic on Twitter showing the seeded players for the upcoming Gstaad event in Switzerland, drawing a swift rebuke from Kyrgios.

"Why is there clay leading up to the US Open swing?" The Aussie replied.

Kyrgios has made no secret of his dislike for clay in the past, so his response is not that surprising.

However, it is a curious decision by the ATP to hold a clay court tournament when the US Open gets underway at Flushing Meadows in little more than four weeks.

Nick Kyrgios takes positives from epic Wimbledon run

Kyrgios admitted that he was left shattered after coming so close only to fall in the final at Wimbledon, but ultimately left his beloved grass-court grand slam with head held high.

"I feel like I've committed a fair bit these two weeks," he said.

"What more can I do, to be honest? I've stayed in most of the time. I've tried to just get good sleep, eat well. Not even have a beer here or there.

"I've really tried to commit. My practices I've really tried to focus, tried to work on things.

"Like, I've committed. I've committed everything I can commit these two weeks and I just came up short. I was taught that's all right, even though it sucks. Of course it sucks."

The mercurial Aussie said the challenge ahead is sustaining focus and motivation.

"I know I've been able to beat these players before. There were other things I couldn't figure out along the way," he said.

"It takes a hell of an athlete mentally and physically to win one of these things. I think eight people have won this title since I've been born.

"It shows physically one thing, obviously it shows. Mentally it's another beast.

Seen here, Nick Kyrgios playing a backhand against Novak Djokovic in the 2022 Wimbledon final.
Nick Kyrgios plays a backhand against Novak Djokovic in the 2022 Wimbledon final. Pic: Getty

"To come back here for two weeks in a row, no one understands it. It's just different.

"Like the social media, the things you have to deal with. For me, it hasn't been easy the last three or four days to block everything out on socials, just everything, and try and just find the balance.

"It's so easy to access all that stuff. I've really tried to make a conscious effort of trying to focus on the task on hand."

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