"Just things a seeded player won't have to deal with" - says Nick Kyrgios

Thursday, 04 August 2022 at 17:00
Kyrgios Wimbledon 2
Nick Kyrgios pointed out bad practices at ATP events after experiencing a frustrating practice after round one in Washington.
Kyrgios was required to take a drug test after defeating Marcos Giron in the first round of the Washington Open, and it took him a long time to do it. Kyrgios was disappointed with how events handled it because it lasted beyond midnight, severely messing up his post-match routine. Almost a whole day later, Kyrgios explained what happened:
"I think a seeded player doesn't even play his first round. Last night, I played a first round, tough first round, and I got drug tested until 12:00 a.m. midnight and expected to play tonight. He (a seeded player) gets to bed at the time he wants to get to bed. Eats what he wants to eat. I was told to eat in the cafe when there was no food. These are just things I think a seeded player won't have to deal with."
He added:
"It's (the ranking's) not really an accolade or anything. My ranking has never sort of reflected my game. That's also due to the schedule I play. I have never really played a full schedule. Towards the end of the year, it's just too much travel for me. It's not something I'm willing to explore either. I don't want to give that time at home up and time with my family and girlfriend. We need that time at home. I'm not worried about my ranking. It would help in certain things."

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