Nick Kyrgios feels Wimbledon punishment despite Citi Open double | Tennis | sport


The sky is the limit for Nick Kyrgios after the Australian tennis star made history at this year’s Citi Open. Or at least it would be if he weren’t restricted in the rankings as the recent Wimbledon Championships were a no points event.

The London Grand Slam was sadly stripped of ranking points after the All England Club decided to ban all Russian and Belarusian players from competing. Novak Djokovic and Elena Rybakina still picked up considerable prize money for their respective titles, but they and male runner-up Kyrgios made no moves in the rankings as a result.

The win in Washington DC moved the Canberran from No. 63 to No. 37 in the world, although he would have been 15th had he taken his points at Wimbledon. It would have put him on the verge of beating his career-best world number 13.

But after becoming the first player to win the singles and doubles titles at the Citi Open, Kyrgios – who has won 18 of his last 19 matches – seemed eager to ride on a wave of positive change. “It’s just very emotional for me,” he said after winning the singles tournament. “To see where I was last year so far, it’s just an incredible transformation. I just came out with great energy.

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