Nick Kyrgios admits it would have been very difficult for him to motivate himself if he had won Wimbledon. Kyrgios, 27, made his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. In the final, Kyrgios faced Novak Djokovic and competed extremely well.
Even though Kyrgios played extremely well, he still couldn’t beat Djokovic as the Serb secured a victory in four sets. “I think every tennis player who picks up a racket one day wants to win Wimbledon. I think Wimbledon is the greatest title of all time.
I even had a conversation with my team, that I thought if I won Wimbledon, I would have a really hard time motivating myself. I really don’t know what more I should prove as a tennis player,” Kyrgios said in an interview for the Citi Open, according to Sportskeeda.
Kyrgios on the lessons he learned
Reflecting on his run at Wimbledon, Kyrgios reveals it taught him that mental toughness is key to having a good Grand Slam run. “You can lose a Grand Slam in one day, but you can’t win one.
It takes so many days. You know you play a game and you have a day off and then you play again and then you have a day off like it’s the mental capacity to keep doing the same things over and over for two weeks at the highest level,” Kyrgios explained.
“There are so many different, intangible things. You might feel sick one day, like I got sick before playing (Filip) Krajinovic. Your body hurts you, mentally. I couldn’t sleep for two days after Rafa’s withdrawal.
Physically I felt good, but mentally, you know.” In January, Kyrgios became Grand Slam champion after he and Thanasi Kokkinakis won the Australian Open doubles title. Six months later, Kyrgios made his first Grand Slam singles final and fell just short of winning his first Grand Slam singles title.