Despite his faults this season Nick Kyrgios did have a great year on the tour.
The Australian began the year ranked at 30 in the world and gradually built it up to a career high of 14 in the world thanks to three title wins in Marseille, Atlanta and his biggest title to date winning his first ATP 500 title in Tokyo.
Statistically he had his best year at the majors with 9 wins at the four Grand Slam events as well as his first Masters semi-final in Miami followed by a quarter final appearance in Madrid.
I do think Nick’s game has gone to another level this year. I’d say it has more steel to it now and a better game plan. He still has that flare and moments of pure brilliance which make him such a dangerous player but also that frustration which isn’t as bad as it is made out to be.
Think of the top two in the world Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. They get frustrated on the court and you can see it, the pressure they put on themselves and they’ve been at the top for many years is tough on your body.
What I love about Nick is that confidence he plays with. It’s confidence mixed with arrogance but not in a bad way. I think he knows how good he is and can be over the next few years but knows it is a lot of hard work.
What happened in Shanghai, shouldn’t have happened and should never happen again. The ATP were quick to act and I’m pleased Nick has agreed with this care plan. It is a shame he will miss Paris and also sadly his year will be mostly remembered for what happened in Shanghai when he did achieve so much this year!
Another little fun fact, Nick recorded six top ten wins this year and in all of those wins he didn’t drop a set!
2017 will be another big year for Nick. I hope to see him break the top 10 and go deep in a major! It’s a shame 2016 has ended like it did but there was plenty to celebrate for the Australian.
See you in 2017 Nick!