Nick Kyrgios eyes ‘more time off’ in 2017

Nick Kyrgios has indicated he may play fewer tournaments in 2017.

In a question and answer session with Twitter users on Wednesday, the suspended Australian tennis star was asked what his goals were for next year.

“More time off,” he replied.

But there seems little scope for Kyrgios to cut down his schedule next season.

As it was, he only played 19 tournaments in 2016 – two more than Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray but considerably fewer than most of his other, less successful peers on tour.

Most professionals play between 20 and 30 events, with some cramming in almost 40.

Kyrgios would have contested 21 events this season had his eight-week ban not ruled him out of upcoming tournaments in Basel and Paris.

Kyrgios was also questioned on Wednesday about whether he had always given 100 per cent effort on the tennis court, replying “nah man”.

And he responded with “lol” when asked how he felt about playing tennis.

The world No.14 partly blamed mental fatigue for last week’s meltdown at the Shanghai Masters, which has resulted in him receiving an eight-week ban from the ATP Tour and more than $50,000 in fines.

His ban will be reduced to three weeks if he meets conditions laid down by the sport’s governing body, including consulting a sports psychologist.

However he cast doubt on that happening when he responded with “probs not” to a Twitter question about whether he would get his ban reduced after meeting with a psychologist.

Kyrgios was accused of unprofessional behaviour by the umpire during this second-round loss to Mischa Zverev in Shanghai a week ago.

He argued with spectators after appearing to put in little effort during various stages of the match – even walking to the change of ends before one of his opponent’s serves had landed.

After the match, Kyrgios said he owed his fans nothing and admitted taking “the easy way out”.

Other thoughts from Kyrgios in Wednesday’s Twitter Q&A included the 21-year-old rating beating girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic in a backhand-to-backhand game as his biggest win of the year.

He said his diet philosophy was “all day errthing” and reckoned his beloved Boston would win the 2016-17 NBA championship.

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