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Sport 'They are killing tennis': Nick Kyrgios slams critics who want to stop team tournaments - saying 'no one wants to watch an event in Antwerp'

05:05  21 november  2019
05:05  21 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Kyrgios , 24, who has admitted he prefers watching the NBA more than tennis , believes the sport desperately needs team competitions to maintain 'From entertainment purposes I don't think too many people are going to tune in to watch a 250 event in Antwerp ,' he said . 'There has to be more

Nick Kyrgios says team tennis tournaments are the key to stopping the sport dying out as an Kyrgios acknowledged the four grand slams will always be the pinnacle of tennis but said interest in the "From entertainment purposes I don't think too many people are going to tune in to watch a 250

Nick Kyrgios in a yellow shirt: Nick Kyrgios (pictured giving Australia one-nil lead in Davis Cup) has spoken out in defence of team tennis after critics questioned the merits of the format with three team events within a four-month window© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nick Kyrgios (pictured giving Australia one-nil lead in Davis Cup) has spoken out in defence of team tennis after critics questioned the merits of the format with three team events within a four-month window Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios has jumped to the defence of team tennis after critics said there were too many team tournaments.

Many have questioned the merits of having three team events, the Davis Cup, Laver Cup and the new ATP Cup, played within a four-month window.

Kyrgios, 24, who has admitted he prefers watching the NBA more than tennis, believes the sport desperately needs team competitions to maintain relevance.

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© Getty Nick Kyrgios Nick Kyrgios has shot back at criticism of multiple team tournaments with claims the Davis Cup, Laver Cup and the new ATP Cup "You look at the best sports in the world from an entertainment purpose they are killing tennis . Top 10 highest ever earner in tennis calls it quits.

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'I just think moving forward that is the way the sport has to go,' he told AAP.

'You look at the best sports in the world from an entertainment purpose they are killing tennis.

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'That is why the ATP and the ITF are trying to create more events because if they continue to go down the path they are right now the sport will die out.'

The star player touted the level of interest the Laver Cup has generated in Spain as an example of the popularity team tennis generates.

'You look at the Laver Cup, you had 17,000 people cheering every night and being here in Madrid it's great,' he said.

'I just love being with this Australia team. TV viewers like it and I think people want to see more of it. It needs to happen more to move the sport on.'

Kyrgios acknowledged the four grand slams will always be the pinnacle but smaller and less popular tournaments were crowding the calendar.

Nick Kyrgios standing in a pool of water: The tennis bad boy said team tennis was generating huge crowds and said he would prefer to see some of the smaller events scrapped in favour of team events© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The tennis bad boy said team tennis was generating huge crowds and said he would prefer to see some of the smaller events scrapped in favour of team events

'From entertainment purposes I don't think too many people are going to tune in to watch a 250 event in Antwerp,' he said.

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'There has to be more events like the Laver Cup where there is 17,000 watching and there is more viewers than during a grand slam.

'Sport is entertainment at the end of the day and if no-one is watching then tennis will die out.'

His comments came after he gave Australia an early one-nil lead over Belgium in the Davis Cup, beating the gutsy Steve Darcis.

Victory for Australia will see them top Group D where they will meet Canada in the quarter-finals.

Nick Kyrgios in a yellow shirt: Kyrgios said he knew the value of Grand Slams but smaller events weren't generating huge interest like team tournaments such as the Davis Cup are (pictured after his round one win against Belgium for Australia in Davis Cup)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kyrgios said he knew the value of Grand Slams but smaller events weren't generating huge interest like team tournaments such as the Davis Cup are (pictured after his round one win against Belgium for Australia in Davis Cup)

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