Nick Kyrgios is anxious about the 2017 U.S. Open

Nick Kyrgios complains of marijuana smell during US Open second round win

By Matt Ryan

June 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a disappointing 2014 season, including a one-set loss to Roger Federer at the U.S. Open, 17-year-old 18th-ranked Nick Kyrgios was anxious about the 2017.

He had his best round of his career, losing by three points to world No. 1 David Ferrer.

Nick Kyrgios lost in the first round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

So how does he feel?

“That’s why I’m still here,” said Kyrgios, who finished runner-up to Ferrer at the 2015 final two weeks after his season ended.

Kyrgios said he is still recovering from a cold virus and is worried about how the virus will affect his ability to play on clay.

But he insisted he is feeling fine. He has a team of trainers who are keeping on top of him. Some of the other players on the trip, he said, are also fine.

Kyrgios has been plagued by injuries this year. He had surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right wrist, and had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. He is scheduled to play his age group at the Brisbane International next week.

“I’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “I’m not feeling the best. I’m still learning about my body and getting back into shape and I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Federer played a great match, winning the second set, before Kyrgios and Ferrer fought back to tie it up at 4-4 and then force the match into a tiebreaker.

Kyrgios was playing at a level that made him seem like a rookie in this opening round. He hit only two of his first 12 shots and was 0-2. Kyrgios ended up serving to break Ferrer with a double fault on the 14th ace.

“I did a good job of coming out strong and not allowing him to dictate to me,” he said.

Ferrer’s great run in the U.S. Open was a surprising breakthrough for a player who hadn’t quite lived up to expectations this year.

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