Nick Kyrgios says the prospect of life after tennis now “excites” him as he takes to the commentator’s box for the Australian Open.
The Australian former world number 11 has taken time off from the professional circuit due to injury, filling in his time by working at the grand slam for Eurosport.
He wrote on Wednesday in Australian newspaper The Age that he is now seriously considering retirement.
His words come hours after he conducted his first on-court interview of the Australian Open on Tuesday night, speaking to 24-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic.
But, despite enjoying his time in the commentator’s box, the 28-year-old says he still feels the urge to play.
“Over the past week being at Melbourne Park for the Australian Open, I’ve been happy,” he said.
“Of course, there’s a part of me watching on that would love nothing more than to be out there.
“I know I can be one of the best in the world and win major tournaments – if my body lets me.
“The fire still burns, but it’s not my everything.”
Kyrgios attempted a comeback in June. However, his return only lasted one match thanks to continuing knee and wrist injuries.
Kyrgios said a return to the professional circuit has not been totally ruled out, but he stressed he will not put his name forward to represent Australia at the Paris 2024 Olympics.