Ranking Top 10 ATP players yet to win a Major: Nick Kyrgios

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Coming in at Number 8 on the countdown is Nick Kyrgios, one of the most polarizing and talented players the game has ever seen. Even when he isn’t on court, Kyrgios stays in the minds of fans and critics. When he is on court, Kyrgios always makes for an intriguing watch.

I won’t beat a dead horse by going too into depth on Kyrgios’s persona and on-court demeanor. Yes, he can be verbally abusive to players, officials, and fans. He also has been vocal about not loving the sport. He is also far from the only player in tennis’s history to express similar thoughts and behaviors, and I have to think race plays a factor as to why he is viewed so much more negatively than players like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, or Ilie Nastase.

I’d rather focus on Kyrgios’s game. Nick Kyrgios is one of the most talented players on tour. At his best, I believe he has the best serve in the world. He’s an incredible athlete, is capable of attacking off both wings, and is a world-class doubles player, as evidenced by his victory at the 2022 Australian Open.

Antics aside, how good is Nick Kyrgios?

Kyrgios has won 7 singles titles on the ATP tour. He has also finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 2022 and the Cincinnati Masters in 2017. Kyrgios also has victories over Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer, the three greatest male players of all time.

When (if ever) will he be back on tour?

Kyrgios has only competed in one match on tour in 2023. While he is only 28, his career remains uncertain. For the sport’s sake, I hope we see him make a triumphant return. That being said, there are too many unknowns for me to think that he will take home a singles major.

Likelihood to Win a Major: Unlikely

Top Ten Countdown So Far

Number 10 – Richard Gasquet

Number 9 – Karen Khachanov

Number 8 – Nick Kyrgios

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