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Nick Kyrgios says tennis will 'probably die out' if not for Fast4, Laver Cup and ATP Cup

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 8 Jan 2019
  • Kyrgios talks up new ATP Cup, along with Fast4 format
  • The Australian says the sport will probably die out unless more unique formats keep being introduced
Nick Kyrgios (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios welcomes the drastic changes coming to tennis, declaring the sport would ‘probably die out’ if left in its current state.

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A regular advocate of team events in tennis, Kyrgios believes the sport is in desperate need of more unique competitions to engage spectators - such as the Laver Cup and the incoming ATP Cup, which is set to dominate the Australian summer of tennis from 2020.

Kyrgios is also a big fan of the quick-fire Fast4 format after beating Rafael Nadal in Sydney earlier this week.

“It’s the same thing every week, another tournament. The same bunch of players are winning the tournaments, there’s no real mix up and this is exactly what the sport needs,” he said.

The ATP Cup is set to debut next year, with Sydney and Brisbane chosen as two of the host cities, with a third to be determined later. The first edition of the competition will feature 24 nations that are split into six groups, with eight teams advancing to the knockout stages.

Nick Kyrgios (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
With $15million prize money on offer and 750 ranking points up for grabs, the ATP Cup is seemingly direct competition to the revamped Davis Cup, established by football player Gerard Pique and his mysterious investment group Kosmos, in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation and American billionaire Larry Ellison.

“It’s unbelievable to get that amount of players in Australia at that time, the start of the year,” Kyrgios said about the ATP Cup. “It’s a great chance for people who don’t follow tennis to get into it and I think that’s what the sport needs at the moment.
“It’s exciting. All the top players are going to be here, you get behind your nation and the way Australian tennis is at the moment - we’ve got so much depth - so it’s going to be a lot of fun to get out there with the boys.
“But this was exactly what the sport needs. Otherwise it was just going to stay the same and probably die out. Events like Fast4, Laver Cup, ATP Cup, that’s what it’s needs.”

But, for now, Kyrgios needs to divert his attention to traditional tennis, with the 23-year-old arriving at the Australian Open at his lowest ranking since 2014, dropping outside of the top 50 for the first time since 2014 on the back of losing in the second round of the Brisbane International last week and failing to defend his title.

Currently No. 51 in the world, Kyrgios is defending fourth round points at the Australian Open and is danger of falling even further should be lose in the opening round in Melbourne - and due to his unseeded nature, he is at the mercy of the draw gods and could be pitted against the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the first round.

Kyrgios’ last hit-out before the Australian Open takes place at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday when he comes up against compatriot Bernard Tomic.

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Nick Kyrgios says tennis will 'probably die out' if not for Fast4, Laver Cup and ATP Cup

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