Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios is strapping in
for what could be the ride of his life after reaching the Wimbledon
Championship quarter-finals, posting a huge upset win over Rafael Nadal
before losing to Milos Raonic.
The 19-year-old will have to be prepared for a
new level of interest and attention to his big game. But the homebody
from Canberra, said he's ready for whatever comes his way,
"There is a lot of room for improvement," said
the number 144 who will more inside the top 100 in the Monday ATP
rankings. "But at the same time, there's something special I have that
can make it deep into Grand Slams. I'm doing it at 19.
"I think in the future there's going to be something there that, of
course I can go a bit further."
Kyrgios, managed by a boutique PR shop in
London, has been told to brace for a new life after his tennis
achievements for a country starved for a new champion after 33-year-old
"I'm pretty aware of that life has changed. I've
noticed the change: On the first day I was walking around the crowds and
no one noticed me at all. Then I was walking around the crowds yesterday
and this morning and everyone's noticing me," he said after losing to
"I'll do whatever I can to control the pressure:
work hard, give great effort. When I'm back home, I'm going to
spend about a week and a half at home now and do a training block in
Melbourne. I'm just going to do whatever I can."
Krygios is next scheduled for play on grass next
week in Newport in the US, a plan which might be subject to revision.
"This has been the best couple weeks of my life. Never did I think
that I was ever going to make quarter-finals of Wimbledon and beat Nadal
on Centre Court. It's all happened pretty fast.
"I don't think it's completely sunk in yet. I'm just going to reflect on
that the next couple days."