Kyrgios trying hard not to keep an Open mind
Nick Kyrgios plays a backhand in his 6-4, 6-3 victory over Harry Bourchier. Photo: Jason Lockett (Tennis Australia)
Nick Kyrgios admits it's hard to forget he's so close to an Australian Open berth, but that's what he's trying to do before his clash against Matthew Barton in the second round of the wild-card qualifying tournament in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The Daramalan student is just three wins away from making it into the main draw of the Open and he is confident he can win through to the next round.
But his only focus was on Wednesday's match.
''That's really hard [to keep your focus on the next match] because you're so close and I guess that's what you're thinking about, but you work really hard to be here so you've just got to somehow put that out of your head and try and progress your game, that's the final goal I guess.''
Kyrgios played Barton twice in the Asia-Pacific Tennis League, losing the first encounter before turning it around in the second.
He said they both had similar games and knew what to expect of each other.
''The first time I played Matt my back was a bit sore and I was feeling a lot better the second time and obviously he probably didn't play as well,'' Kyrgios said.
''It was a bit lop-sided both times, so I'm pretty excited to play him,'' he said.
While Kyrgios was trying to keep his Open dream alive, fellow Canberran Ashley Keir was already home after hers ended.
Keir returned to Canberra on Tuesday after losing in the first round of the qualifiers 6-1, 6-2 to second-seed Ashleigh Barty.
But far from being discouraged, Keir said it was a great learning experience that should stand her in good stead for the future.
While her serve let her down, she was happy with the way she returned the ball and general work around the court.
''It was pretty nerve-wracking at first, I've never played live-streaming before and there were cameras everywhere,'' Keir said.
''But Ash was clutch under pressure, you can see how much experience she has.''
Meanwhile, there still might be life in Canberra Velocity's ATL campaign with the women's team made first emergency for the finals after controversially losing their conference final.
The men's team were second emergency, just in case any teams pull out.