The starting date for the Australian Open may not yet be known, but that won’t be stopping NIck Kyrigos from diving back into the sport after a mainly inactive 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation.
The colourful No. 45 told local media that he will be hosting an all-comers training camp in his hometown of Canberra to help his Aussie fellow pros get back into tournament rhythm.
The viability of the first Grand Slam of 2021 remains an open question, with Tennis Australia forced to wait on diktats from Victoria state government regarding when and if the showpiece can be staged in Melbourne.
Original starting date is January 18, but it is now looking like that will be pushed back at least a week, while qualifying rounds could well be eliminated.
Australia remains in its default locked-down travel state, with the entrance of 1,000 or more tennis players and support teams deemed to be something of a national health risk.
Details are still being worked out on how to handle mass 14-day quarantines and other logistical issues despite the fact that both the US and French Opens managed to play inside tournament bio-bubbles quite nicely during the autumn after testing players but giving them exemptions from strict quarantine. .
No-worries Kyrgios is not fussed, but would enjoy some company on the practice court as he kickstarts his dormant tennis.
“When his (tennis player) mates feel comfortable to travel again, I’ll be trying to get them down here (to Canberra),” he told Australian media.
“In the next week or two I’ll be putting out the message and seeing how they are feeling. You don’t want to force it on them.
“It’s people who are willing to come here and have a hit and bring that level day in day out for a month.
“I’m going to most likely get a bunch of people here for sure. I’m going to try and get a little training block and create that camp environment where you can create that energy of the Australian summer
“It would be a good hit-out before the summer.”
Kyrgios skipped the return of tennis in August after the five-month COVID pause, with the Aussie preferring to chill at home.
In seven Melbourne main draw appearances, his best was a quarter-final in 2015.
“I’m feeling fresh. My level is right where I want it to be. I’ve got a lot of time before then anyway. I’m looking forward to it, depending on what they do with the bubble.
“(Tournament organisers) haven’t picked my brain really yet. I’m assuming they will pretty much have some guidelines (including). At this stage I have faith they will do it right. They will be more cautious than not.”