Nick Kyrgios drops major praise on in-form Jannik Sinner

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios says Jannik Sinner is playing on “another level” right now and he never played someone who hits the ball as hard as the Italian. 

Sinner has been absolutely fantastic on indoor hard courts over the last month as he has won nine consecutive matches in straight sets on the surface. 

After winning Sofia and Antwerp, Sinner made a good start to his Vienna campaign on Wednesday as he saw off Reilly Opelka 6-4 6-2.

“He is another level. That’s for sure, played him in Washington doubles. Never played someone who hit the ball as hard,” Kyrgios said of Sinner. 

Kyrgios recently hinted at an early retirement 

“I feel like I’m not one of those players now that’s going to go hunting for points or hunting for accolades or anything like that,” Kyrgios said at the Laver Cup.

“I feel like I have nothing left to prove to myself. I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved. “Where I go from here, everything’s a bonus. I’m playing Laver Cup again, and I’m not going to lie, I think this is my last year I will probably play Laver Cup.

“As long as I’m on the court, I will try and give my best, but I’m not going to lie and say that I’m going to plan to play four or five more years on tour. That’s just not me.”

Former British tennis player Mark Petchey encouraged Kyrgios to keep going. 

“Not sure where you are in the world right now @NickKyrgios but take your time, think about what makes you happy and make the decision that suits you best but there are many in tennis who want to see you stay in the sport.

You are a long time retired. Tennis ball is more fun with you in it,” Petchey said in a Twitter post.