ATP Tour

Kyrgios eyes world number one spot

2017-11-01 13:27
Nick Kyrgios (AP)

Cape Town - Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios has given himself five years to ascend to the top of the ATP rankings. 

Like most of his seasons, the Australian has endured a checkered 2017. While still searching for his first title of the year, Kyrgios reached the final of the Cincinnati Masters and China Open. 

But the year has still been marred with incidents on court, with Kyrgios getting fined over $30 000 at the Shanghai Masters for walking off the court and was widely criticised after he said he “is not dedicated to the game at all” after his US open loss. 

This makes Kyrgios’ following statement all the more head-scratching... 

"I'd like to say I'd be in the top five in the world, but there is a lot of work to do before then, I have to keep working hard and take it day by day but hopefully top five and pushing for that number one spot," Kyrgios told the Canberra Times. 

Kyrgios, who has professed his love for basketball, admitted that he would be lost without the sport. 

"If I lost every match I played I'd probably have to go back to school, I'm not really too sure, I don't really know what else to do other than tennis," he continued.


"I'd probably be a tennis coach, but it's a tough question, I'd probably go to university, but yeah I'd have to go back to school and listen to my teachers."

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