Nick Kyrgios reached the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 tournament in Halle by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets. The Australian confirmed his excellent form and will certainly be one of the players not to be underestimated at Wimbledon. “I’m glad I can continue to produce this level of play in the tournaments I compete in. It’s a testament to the hard work I put in when I’m not playing,” Kyrgios said. “I am very happy to advance in this event, I want to continue to achieve these great victories on the best tracks in the world. Hypothetical grass classification? I think he would be among the top five or ten players in the world. I’m one of the best on grass, without a doubt. I feel comfortable on this surface.” Kyrgios, when asked about the future of tennis, had words of great admiration for Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. “It’s fantastic. I think people take for granted the value of athletes of the caliber of Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Serena Williams. It’s rare to find champions this big. They are simply amazing. We have to enjoy these great legends while they are still playing. Time is almost up for them. It will be incredible to see Serena Williams back on the court at Wimbledon, the best tournament in the world. Everyone should play at Wimbledon and not think about the points. Every child’s dream is to win Wimbledon or at least play it. Everyone knows about this tournament, whether or not they are a tennis fan. Serena’s is a great example to follow. It does not think about the classification, I understand it. I repeat: I think everyone should play Wimbledon this year.” Kyrgios’ reference to the controversy surrounding the London Slam is clear. The Wimbledon organization decided to exclude Russian and Belarusian tennis players and provoked a reaction from the ATP.
Federer will play a few tournaments
Roger Federer opened up about lighter topics such as his post-recovery vacation plans, revealing that he wished to take up skiing once more. “When I recover, I’ll go skiing, of course. Maybe I’ll go golfing again, that wasn’t possible in the last few years. Not now with my knee anyway, and as is well known, I used to suffer from back problems,” Federer said. “Once I went to a round of golf with my mother for her 60th birthday and I really wanted to play along. After that, I suffered from back pain for a week. So I let it go from there. If I start golfing, I won’t do it alone, but together with Mirka.” The 40-year-old made it clear that he would not be playing as many tournaments as he used to in his early days, instead competing only in those he considers important. “[Whether my family will travel with me again for tennis tournaments] is a problem that I would really like to have. Because that would mean that everything is going well with the knee and the comeback,” Federer said. “The advantage is that I won’t play 20 tournaments a year like I used to. My program will be manageable, and that’s why I’ll say: sometimes they’ll be there, sometimes they won’t.”