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New Sydney resident Nick Kyrgios has made the bold claim that he is the world’s best grasscourt player as he eyes a tilt at the Wimbledon crown in June and July.

Australia’s most polarising tennis star will sit out the French Open, which begins later this month, but has Wimbledon firmly in his sights – a tournament where he made the last eight as a 19-year-old in 2014.

Kyrgios pushed world No.2 Daniil Medvedev in the second round of the Australian Open before claiming a breakthrough doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Speaking at an NBA promotional event in Sydney, Kyrgios told the Herald he feels at the top of his game.

Asked who he felt was the best player in the world heading into Wimbledon later this year, Kyrgios, ranked 78th in the world, said: “I mean, on the grass, I’d say me.”

Kyrgios hasn’t made it past the third round of Wimbledon since 2016 in four attempts. His quarter-final effort in 2014 was his best result outside two fourth-round losses in 2015 and 2016.

“Something about this year has just been different,” Kyrgios said. “I’ve played five or six events and I’ve gone pretty well in pretty much every one I’ve played and I’ve beaten a lot of the top players in the world this year.

“I guess it’s more of a resurgence year, just going out there and showing people that I don’t have to go out there and play all the time, [that] I can still be at the top of the game. I’m just enjoying it and doing it my way.

“I play for a lot of people. I feel like I’m very relatable. A lot of kids and people look up to me when I play. If someone like me can make it this far and achieve what I’ve achieved, I think it gives them a lot of hope.
“Obviously, I’m 27 now, so I’ve got to provide a bit of money, but it’s just a lot of fun; the tennis tour, travelling around the world, it’s a pretty nice lifestyle. I want to soak it up while I can.”

So there you have it - Nick is the man to beat at WB. Hmmm, does anyone concur with Nick's own high opinion of himself here?

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