Kyrgios Brings Grand Total of TWO Racquets to Match at Madrid

haqq777

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Well, if you guys remember I posted a thread about Mannarino a couple of years ago bringing just two racquets to his match at IW. He had that whole Aeropro Drive drama going on at that time.

(thread here: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...cquets-to-court-in-his-small-nike-bag.586318/)

Anyway, so Nick Kyrgios brought just two racquets as well to his match today versus Jan-Lennard Struff at Madrid Masters 1000. Saw the whole match. Had no restringing done either. Brought them in a brown canvas bag (not Yonex). Still has Yonex stencil so I don't think his partnership with Yonex is in distress or anything. Thought I'd share.

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Not a fan but have to give props to him for staying after match and signing things for kids. Has never ever done that everytime I have seen him play in person. Moody fella so who knows.
 

haqq777

Legend
Actually he brought 3, he smashed 1 at the end of the 1st set. Kyrgios also doesn't as a rule change racquets at every ball change like most players.
Yep, I went back and saw the start of the match. He does have three racquets.

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Not sure about what you said of his rule of not changing to fresh racquets though. Maybe on clay he doesn't. Because I have seen him do it multiple times at Cinci. I was there in person every time. He swapped sticks at ball change.
 

haqq777

Legend
we can tell hes really not interested at all. The match reflected that as well, don't think I've seen him tank/play that crap in a very long time.
Yep, I agree. Some of his flashy shots did not turn out too well too including three under arm serves, if I am not mistaken. Don't think he won points on any of those serves. Also I saw he missed a few easy drop shots and jumping shots because he wanted to showboat. Got this feeling he wasn't in the match in second set at times and wanted to get it over with. Oh well.
 

Yoneyama

Hall of Fame
Well personally I am looking forward to his doubles with Tomic... especially considering they are playing a top team in Kontinen and Peers.
 

PBODY99

Legend
It's a new trend at junior tournaments. Don't know why, it's kind of cavalier to only bring 2 racquets to high level competition imo.
I have noticed this for the last 10 yrs among some Jrs. For some ,that is what they have,freshly strung even if they own more. Parents might have the others as I have seen, also I had two Jr who would fail to tell their parent that they broke 3 of their 5 string bed.
@FourOutOfFive
 
I saw the effort he made in this match, two was more than enough

:eek:

I think it's a bit like what @vsbabolat said where we are now looking at a mental health issue.

So much talent but hard to see him staying focused for longer than about a week at a time unfortunately.

Thankfully we are getting some stories coming out recently that reveal that off-court Kyrgios is quite a nice person. Hopefully he gets to where he needs to be in terms of managing his career and wellbeing.
 

kabrac

Professional
2-3 is really all you need anyway. Nobody is going thru 8 racquets a match. And probably most of the top 20 have their racquets restrung even if they didn't use them. So So wasteful. Yes, if I had that luxury I might do that as well, but not 8. And no way I even take more than 3. It's a waste, even if they're sponsored and getting free stuff.

Don't remember what year but N. Davydanko won a Master's 1000 and he only had 2 Prince racquets for the tournament. When asked, he said that's all they (Prince) gave him. I think this was an older model and he didn't want to update to the newer racquet and paint job Prince was pushing. Ozone Pro Tour maybe....18x20
 

Edhead-Fedhead

Hall of Fame
I thought perhaps he only brought two so that he wouldn't be tempted to smash any (yeah, right.) But, I see now that he did bring a sacrificial third racket.
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
Back in the tour days before heavy sponsorship, pre 1970 era, most tour and recreational players only brought two racquets to a match, without racquet bags or any other accessories other then the can of balls.
I think Borg started the trend, because he needed a lot ofthe high tensions of his gut strings that broke already in his hotel room. Anyway in the early years when you had your racquets strung with gut, you had bad luck when it began to rain because then your strings would snap very rapidly. Count your blessings of poly strings now.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
2-3 is really all you need anyway. Nobody is going thru 8 racquets a match. And probably most of the top 20 have their racquets restrung even if they didn't use them. So So wasteful. Yes, if I had that luxury I might do that as well, but not 8. And no way I even take more than 3. It's a waste, even if they're sponsored and getting free stuff.

Don't remember what year but N. Davydanko won a Master's 1000 and he only had 2 Prince racquets for the tournament. When asked, he said that's all they (Prince) gave him. I think this was an older model and he didn't want to update to the newer racquet and paint job Prince was pushing. Ozone Pro Tour maybe....18x20

Along these lines, Guga, at the French Open, had 3 rackets in his bag.
 

BorgCash

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I think Borg started the trend, because he needed a lot ofthe high tensions of his gut strings that broke already in his hotel room. Anyway in the early years when you had your racquets strung with gut, you had bad luck when it began to rain because then your strings would snap very rapidly. Count your blessings of poly strings now.

Yes, probably.
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
Now that Kyrgios beat Medvedev on clay in Rome, did he actually bring more than 3 racquets to court this time? To bad he is mentally weaker than former Saffin, because with his serve and forehand he should be a serious contender on clay.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Now that Kyrgios beat Medvedev on clay in Rome, did he actually bring more than 3 racquets to court this time? To bad he is mentally weaker than former Saffin, because with his serve and forehand he should be a serious contender on clay.
He serious emotional problems
 

StringGuruMRT

Semi-Pro
It's a new trend at junior tournaments. Don't know why, it's kind of cavalier to only bring 2 racquets to high level competition imo.
LOL... I rarely had more than three of the same racquet at a time as a junior! IAnd if I did have three one of them probably had a broken string at any given time!
 

Gemini

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It was Kyrgios just being Kyrgios I suppose. He had his regular Yonex bag in Rome. The bag he had in Madrid was some sort of designer bag.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Oh really? He seems to be making a pretty good living playing tennis which is by definition a professional.
Let me spell it out for you. He conducts himself in a manner that is embarrassing to the sport and is not professional. He’s got some serious problems and I hope for his sake he is getting help from a good mental health professional.
 

CosmosMpower

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Let me spell it out for you. He conducts himself in a manner that is embarrassing to the sport and is not professional. He’s got some serious problems and I hope for his sake he is getting help from a good mental health professional.

Professional just means he makes a living doing what he does. He's also entertaining and draws big crowds. The Dallas ATP challenger had record attendance this year and was sold out long before the event because Kyrgios was playing doubles. It's usually pretty empty.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Professional just means he makes a living doing what he does. He's also entertaining and draws big crowds. The Dallas ATP challenger had record attendance this year and was sold out long before the event because Kyrgios was playing doubles. It's usually pretty empty.
One of the definitions of Professional is worthy of or appropriate to a professional person; competent ,skillful, or assured. His behavior makes him not worthy and not appropriate. I hope Nick is getting the professional help he needs. People love watching a train wreck. That’s why they were at the Dallas Challenger.
This is not normal behavior
 
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CosmosMpower

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One of the definitions of Professional is worthy of or appropriate to a professional person; competent ,skillful, or assured. His behavior makes him not worthy and not appropriate. I hope Nick is getting the professional help he needs. People love watching a train wreck. That’s why they were at the Dallas Challenger.
This is not normal behavior

He's also incredibly talented, creative and can hit amazing shots that most other players on tour could only dream of. Maybe that's why people go watch him.
 

The Big Kahuna

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This should surprise nobody.

Why does anyone care about this guy anymore?

He has proved himself again and again to be a total buffoon. I have no time for people who act like a spoiled child and squander their talents on a massive level like this fool does.


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He's also incredibly talented, creative and can hit amazing shots that most other players on tour could only dream of. Maybe that's why people go watch him.
If you actually analyse his WWF 'trick shots', they're often played when he has plenty of time and could've simply hit the ball to far greater effect normally; many other players - even some well below tour level - could play the same shots, and do so when the pressure is off, or in practice or when there is simply no other alternative, but they're mentally stronger and much more focussed on actually winning the point to be interested in 'copping out', as well as disrespecting an opponent like that in a match. The constant need to play those shots, coupled with his stubborn refusal to actually learn - among other things - solid volleying technique i.e. work on his game and fitness, is merely a manifestation of his inability to handle the level of pressure that his raw talent has thrust upon him. You rarely see an athlete that is that much in denial achieve such heights, but his serving ability allows him the luxury of messing around on most surfaces. Is it any wonder he can't seem to come to terms with clay? For what it's worth, the unscripted shot that Daniel Evans hit in this years Aussie Open qualies throws shade on the vast majority of Nick's repertoire.
 
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CosmosMpower

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If you actually analyse his WWF 'trick shots', they're often played when he has plenty of time and could've simply hit the ball to far greater effect normally; many other players - even some well below tour level - could play the same shots, and do so when the pressure is off, or in practice or when there is simply no other alternative, but they're mentally stronger and much more focussed on actually winning the point to be interested in 'copping out', as well as disrespecting an opponent like that in a match. The constant need to play those shots, coupled with his stubborn refusal to actually learn - among other things - solid volleying technique i.e. work on his game and fitness, is merely a manifestation of his inability to handle the level of pressure that his raw talent has thrust upon him. You rarely see an athlete that is that much in denial achieve such heights, but his serving ability allows him the luxury of messing around on most surfaces. Is it any wonder he can't seem to come to terms with clay? For what it's worth, the unscripted shot that Daniel Evans hit in this years Aussie Open qualies throws shade on the vast majority of Nick's repertoire.
If you actually analyse his WWF 'trick shots', they're often played when he has plenty of time and could've simply hit the ball to far greater effect normally; many other players - even some well below tour level - could play the same shots, and do so when the pressure is off, or in practice or when there is simply no other alternative, but they're mentally stronger and much more focussed on actually winning the point to be interested in 'copping out', as well as disrespecting an opponent like that in a match. The constant need to play those shots, coupled with his stubborn refusal to actually learn - among other things - solid volleying technique i.e. work on his game and fitness, is merely a manifestation of his inability to handle the level of pressure that his raw talent has thrust upon him. You rarely see an athlete that is that much in denial achieve such heights, but his serving ability allows him the luxury of messing around on most surfaces. Is it any wonder he can't seem to come to terms with clay? For what it's worth, the unscripted shot that Daniel Evans hit in this years Aussie Open qualies throws shade on the vast majority of Nick's repertoire.

LOL give it a break, forget people below the ATP, most the people at the ATP level can't pull off the stuff he does. If you don't think he's incredibly talented and creative I don't even know what to tell you.
 
Sorry, but you seem to have gone from '...most other players on tour could only dream of' to 'If you don't think he's incredibly talented and creative...'. Having realised that your first lofty claim was specious you've descended the mountain well below base camp. Obviously he's incredibly talented and creative, but no more so than much of the ATP; the others are simply more focussed on actually winning. As stated before, if you take away the serve and the freedom that it gives him to play low percentage shots, he would struggle to post meaningful victories.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Sorry, but you seem to have gone from '...most other players on tour could only dream of' to 'If you don't think he's incredibly talented and creative...'. Having realised that your first lofty claim was specious you've descended the mountain well below base camp. Obviously he's incredibly talented and creative, but no more so than much of the ATP; the others are simply more focussed on actually winning. As stated before, if you take away the serve and the freedom that it gives him to play low percentage shots, he would struggle to post meaningful victories.
That’s true. When you have 3 free points a game on your serve it gives you the freedom to act like an idiot. Unfortunately Nick takes every opportunity to act like an idiot.
 

gino

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One of the definitions of Professional is worthy of or appropriate to a professional person; competent ,skillful, or assured. His behavior makes him not worthy and not appropriate. I hope Nick is getting the professional help he needs. People love watching a train wreck. That’s why they were at the Dallas Challenger.
This is not normal behavior
I think the advent of social media makes his time tougher.

Let's not forget our prestige-wielding savior Marat was arguably much more fiery and tempermental, which oddly fueled him in moments of pressure.

I think Nick has to be Nick, people forget he is generally a kind kid, just can be really sensitive.
 
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