HIGHLIGHTS: Nick Kyrgios' pre-US Open prep ends with a loss to Taylor Fritz


Given his success this summer, Nick Kyrgios will be a popular pick to go all the way at the US Open. But you know who doesn’t think the Aussie will survive the Flushing Meadows fortnight? Nick Kyrgios.

Such lowkey modesty may not come as a great surprise for those who’ve followed 27-year-old, who has traditionally respected his opponents more than the game. On his Instagram Story, Kyrgios (@k1ngkyrg1os) selected one of last year’s breakouts from Queens, Carlos Alcaraz, to ultimately prevail:

In case you were wondering, Kyrgios is the fifth-best bet to win the US Open, according to DraftKings Sportsbook—although Novak Djokovic remains installed as the favorite (+150), at least for now. Daniil Medvedev (+225), Rafael Nadal (+500) and Alcaraz (+500) are next—before Kyrgios, at +750.

Regardless of Kyrgios’ status in the eyes of prognosticators, he may be the most popular attraction in the tournament short of Serena Williams. Nick was always a fan favorite in New York, but after his runner-up finish and Wimbledon and turned-a-new-leaf approach to the tour this summer, he’ll attract even more attention this year. He’s must-watch for some, hate-watch for others. There’s no way he’ll play on any court smaller than Louis Armstrong Stadium.

And if he happens to collide with Alcaraz? Those two could probably sell out two Arthur Ashe Stadiums.