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Nick Kyrgios plans to play lighter schedule in 2019: 'I just feel like I've found out what works for me', says Kyrgios

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 2 Dec 2018
  • Australia's Nick Kyrgios plans to play a lighter schedule in 2019
  • Kyrgios has been bothered by injuries over the last couple of seasons, and fell out of the top 30 last season
Nick Kyrgios. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios says he plans to play a lighter schedule in 2019 as he bids to maintain his fitness and climb back up the rankings.
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Kyrgios has been plagued by several injury problems through his young career, and was forced to miss a big chunk of last season because of an elbow injury.

The Australian had made a fine start to the year, winning his fourth career title in Brisbane, and backing it up with a fourth-round showing at the Australian Open, but his problems began in February when he hurt his elbow while on Davis Cup duties for Australia. Kyrgios played just three two tournaments in the next three months, missing Indian Wells, and the entirety of the European clay season.

The 23-year-old had a decent spell on grass, reaching semifinals in Stuttgart and Queen's, and the third round at Wimbledon, but he never really got going after that, and ended his season after withdrawing from a Round of 16 meeting with Mirza Basic in Moscow.

Kyrgios says he is now injury-free, and plans to reduce the workload on his body in the coming campaign.

"I just feel like I've found out what works for me," Kyrgios said. "Long schedules away from home, playing unnecessary events and focusing on things that don't matter to me personally is what drained me this year".

"I was in some dark places this year, that's for sure. When I was on the road, I was in some very dark places".

Kyrgios has spent his time off the sport working on his foundation, the NK Foundation, which he says gives him more happiness that when he's on court, but the Australian resumed intense training last week ahead of his scheduled return to the sport in Brisbane, where he is the defending champion.

While Kyrgios' physical problems have held him back, he has also been caught up in numerous controversial incidents, which have got many questioning whether he has got the mental capacity to maximize his undoubted potentials.

The former world number 13 had earlier revealed that he was speaking to psychologists to help him get over his mental issues, and he spoke about it again over the weekend, saying he has grown as a person. 

"I'm seeing psychologists now trying to get my mental health right, but I just think as a person I've grown". 

Kyrgios slipped to No. 35 in the world after a disappointing 2018- can this enigmatic Australian regain his top 20 status, and possibly break into the top 10 in 2019?


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Nick Kyrgios plans to play lighter schedule in 2019: "I just feel like I've found out what works for me", says Kyrgios

Controversial Australian, Nick Kyrgios says he plans to play a lighter schedule in 2019 as he attempts to climb back up the rankings.

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