Nick Kyrgios says he doesn’t really like tennis that much

He was one of Australia’s most promising tennis stars, and in some ways, he still in. He’s young, he’s great

He was one of Australia’s most promising tennis stars, and in some ways, he still in. He’s young, he’s great at it, but for the most part, many agree that he needs a bit of an attitude adjustment if he wants to be like the greats.

And if the interview published today in The Australian is anything to go by, nothing much has changed.

The 21-year-old went on the record to say, “I definitely don’t love the sport.”

Speaking in third person, he said, “There is zero chance that Nick Kyrgios will be playing tennis when he’s 30 years old.

“There’s absolutely no chance. I don’t know how long my career will be but God help me if I am playing tennis at 30. There are so many more things to this world than tennis for me. Not tennis at 30. Please.”

He plays down his prior drive to be the best, saying “No 1, No 20, it’s no big deal”.

In a few short years, he has done amazingly well at his sport and now, at the age of just 21, sits in the top 20. If he keeps it up, he will soon be a top-ten player.

And he says he’d rather be playing basketball. So why tennis? “When I was 14 I had to pick,” he says. “My parents were pretty strong pushing me into tennis. They probably thought it was easier to make it in tennis. I definitely liked basketball a lot better. But it didn’t work out too badly, I guess”.

“It’s a gift and a curse,” he says. “Ever since I was young I was always at the top of my age group. There’s probably a lot of people on tour that have to work a lot harder.”

Perhaps his lack of interest is why he displays brat behaviour? “I can’t really focus for long enough. I can’t really take it seriously. They are trying to find what fuels you, motivates you. But it’s tough. One week I am motivated, one week I am not. So I walked away. Not my thing.”

And does he worry about criticism from tennis fans and sports lovers? “I don’t care, I’ll just carry on being me”.


Tell us, do you think this is the right attitude to have? Or should we see that fierce passion from the greats such as Pat Rafter and Rod Laver?

  1. That’s a fair comment
    At least he’s honest. It generates an immense amount of pressure to stay near or attain the top in any sport. Put yourself in their shoes . Can’t afford to feel unwell, have an ‘off’ day, or pull a muscle, or your ratings go down rapidly. Money is not everything. If he wants to change sports, that’s his perogative. Plenty of top tennis sportspeople have dropped out through tough pressure over the years. People expect these players to ‘win for Australia’ & feel they have let their country down if they lose…but they are not playing FOR Australia…apart from Olympics or Davis Cup.

  2. Matronbb  

    He is such an egomaniac. If he supposedly doesn’t love playing tennis. Give it up now, bet he doesn’t!! Wouldn’t want to lose the money he gets paid for being a brat. Let’s face it, he wouldn’t survive in any other job with his current attitude or ego. Not a good role model for genuine sport loving children. Retire please!!

  3. theresa endersby  

    When you are not passionate about what you are doing – should you really be doing it? Or should you find something that you actually want to do and pursue it – it is not about money – it is about your soul and what makes you happy and a contributor to this world not someone who says “I dont care.” You are a great tennis player either play the game well and hard or find something else to do because your brattish outbursts are pathetic.

  4. Cheryl  

    If you aren’t passionate about something, then don’t do it.

  5. Nanette  

    He is a 21 year old that makes a living from hitting a yellow ball around…hes not that important. Watch him or dont watch him but dont make professional sports players role models. There are plenty of people doing really good things in the world that dont get any recognition so why waste our time with “jocks”.

  6. ASTRA  

    I was about to suggest that the 21 in 21year old may be around the wrong way but that would be totally unfair to all twelve year olds, who I’m sure would all possess more class than this clown. (sorry no offence meant to clowns either).

  7. Michelle  

    Yeah, as if we couldn’t tell!

    Well, racq-off & let some person have ‘a go’, who’s got interest, AND the right attitude to the game, & him/herself, to make this Country proud!

    You certainly have NOT by your selfish, immature, & bratish behaviour.
    Loser, big time!

  8. Nothing worse than a sportsman who thinks he’s bigger than the game.

  9. Helen Cameron  

    Perhaps he could go and stack shelves at the local supermarket instead at $23 an hour. Maybe he would enjoy that more. Hes a big boy so why not walk the talk and stop playing? What a shame to be given such a gift and not treasure it and nuture the rare talent? And the rubbish talked about expectations and stress. My daughter has more stress in the first two hours of her day just getting the family organised than he gets in a month. And thats before she goes off to a demanding full day’s work. People like him spoiled the enjoyment of Wimbledon for me last time round. What a joy it is to see Federer and Djokovic in action in contrast to that spoilt brat! Disappear in a deep cave somewhere kid, and come out when you have grown up and stop spoiling my tennis enjoyment.

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