Nick Kyrgios will play in the upcoming Australian Open but has more on his mind than the tournament with the bushfires still a major issue in his native country.

Kyrgios spoke ahead of the Grand Slam in Melbourne and admitted that it’s tough but he is preparing the best he can. He said that with the amount of people losing their homes, it is not easy to switch on to the Australian Open than it is before.

“I guess my mind is still not completely on the tennis side of things,” he admitted.

“Obviously with what’s going on, still it’s tough. I mean, I’m preparing as best I can. I feel like I’m doing everything I can to get the best out of my performance at the moment.

“The fires … people are losing their families, homes. It’s not easy to just completely switch your concentration on the Australian Open – how is your forehand going today? – when you put it in perspective of what is actually going on.

“Things happening at the moment, they’re much larger than all of this. At the same time, I have to find the balance. I have to go out there and try to get the best out of my game. But I think when I’m playing, at the moment I’m playing for a lot more than myself. I feel like I’m getting the best out of myself with that.”


Author: Samuel Gill