Never one to shy away from stirring up controversy, Nick Kyrgios has got tennis fans and the sporting community talking once again after hinting that he may be hanging up his racquet and stepping away from the tennis court.
Kyrgios hinted at a possible early retirement during a recent question and answer live stream on social media.
“Make it interesting, entertain me & I’ll entertain back,” he said, prompting his followers.
When one fan asked the 27-year-old whether he would still be competing past the age of 30, Kyrgios took fans by surprise when he revealed it didn’t appear likely.
“Honestly, probably not,” he replied.
“I wanna be able to not be bothered, probs gonna go to my house in the Bahamas and just sit and do nothing.”
Kyrgios’ surprise announcement received a mixed bag of responses from sporting fans who took to social media to share their thoughts on the bombshell revelation, with some wishing the sporting star all the best while others poked fun at Kyrgios.
He obviously worked very hard in his life so I understand his desire to retire and do nothing at 30 years old of age.
— Francis (@Feelmydrum) October 15, 2022
If he doesn’t love or even like the sport, I understand why he wants to get out after making enough money to retire early.
— Mike Barber ???????? (@MikeBarberUSA) October 16, 2022
Probably the best for everyone to be fair especially those involved and the fans of tennis ????♂️ Shame we have to wait 2 years !
— Kevin Hunter (@KevinHunter2408) October 15, 2022
— Darren Roberts (@darrenrobs7) October 15, 2022
Fair play to him. Living the dream
— philla (@novacosmetics2) October 15, 2022
— WoodyWoodbine74 ???? (@WWoodbine74) October 15, 2022
It’s certainly not the first time the sporting star has hinted that he may be stepping away from the sport of tennis, following his impressive performance during this year’s US Open the World No. 21 sent the rumour mill into overdrive after stating he would only play a few more matches,
After defeating World No. 1 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev, in what sports commentators called the “best match of his career,” the 27-year-old announced to media outlets there would potentially be “three more matches” before he would “never have to play tennis again”.
Elway. Jordan. Sampras.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2022
“It’s the last biggest tournament of the year,” he said.
“We got to try and just tough it out and keep pushing each other, keep being positive. We do realise it’s next week we’re going home. But three more matches potentially, then we never have to play tennis again.
“It’s a great win. But I come off the court and I’m just almost relieved that it’s over because there’s just so much pressure every time I go out on the court, so much expectation, so much unpredictability of what I can do.”