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What happened to Nick Kyrgios after his Australian Open heroics on Break Point?
The Aussie’s first Grand Slam victory with Thanasi Kokkinakis set the stage for a rollercoaster 2022 season captured by Netflix’s first episode, “The Maverick.”
Published Jan 13, 2023
WATCH: Kyrgios' doubles success quickly translated to singles with a run to the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals.
The Break Point Netfix series followed a group of the most intriguing tennis players through an unforgettable 2022 season, kicking off its first episode by following Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis as they navigated the pressure of playing at home to win their first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
For Kyrgios, dubbed “The Maverick” in docuseries’ premiere, pressure is nothing new but loomed especially large after a disappointing 2021 had the former world No. 13 questioning how much longer he would compete on tour.
“My tennis career depends on how I play this year,” he explains in a confessional interview, raising the stakes for viewers getting insight into the inner workings of Nick Kyrgios.
Though he would endure a tough second-round defeat in singles to US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Kyrgios, who opens up about previous struggles with mental health. found inspiration alongside childhood friend Kokkinakis. The 27-year-old would rode that wave into the Sunshine Swing, reaching the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open and pushing Rafael Nadal to three sets.
But some of his on-court antics, including a shout at actor Ben Stiller in the stands and an ill-timed racquet bounce after Nadal won, 7-6 (0), 5-7, 6-4, threatened to overshadow that progress—something Kyrgios unloaded on a reporter for in his post-match press conference.
“I beat one of the guys that had like nearly 60 wins last year and no one remembered that,” he said of his win over Casper Ruud one round prior. “And everyone will just remember that time where Kyrgios lost to Rafa at Indian Wells or the time that he threw the racquet. Like people like you spoil sport.”
He would make amends with the ballkid who was nearly clipped by his racquet, but as has become an annual tradition, Kyrgios would disappear from the game following a fourth-round finish at the Miami Open. As he stood on the brink of returning to the world's Top 50, the Aussie has preferred to opt out of the clay-court swing in order to maximize his time at home and best prepare for Wimbledon’s grass season.
Where clay can blunt his high-octane game, grass courts bring out his strengths—all of which would be on display in time for the 2022 Championships, where he would reach his first Grand Slam singles final against Novak Djokovic. The second batch of Break Point episodes appear poised to capture Kyrgios through the highs and lows of that Wimbledon fortnight; stay tuned for when those drop in June 2023.