Nick Kyrgios on Thursday hailed Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as “gods” but insisted that tennis was also in desperate need of its evil non-compliance.
The controversial Australian reached the third round at Wimbledon by dismissing Italy’s Gianluca Mager 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 6-4 to create a clash with Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime.
In the meantime, he’s absorbed training advice from random fans while discussing the merits of Tottenham Hotspur.
“Not everyone can be a Federer, a Djokovic or a Nadal. They are, for example, athletes of a decade who inspire millions of people. For example, they are just gods. I see them like that too, ”said the 26-year-old Kyrgios.
“But you have to have people, I think, who are relatable, that people can get to watch other fans, like people who are just normal.
“I feel like I am one of those people. I am Nick Kyrgios. I know who I am. “
Being Nick Kyrgios is an exhausting existence that unites and divides fans, other players and officials.
Nadal and Djokovic accused him of disrespecting the sport and its traditions.
Kyrgios, in turn, once described Nadal as “super salty” and Djokovic as “a tool” for certain aspects of his behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic.
When a headstrong teenager, Kyrgios, announced his arrival in the sport by blowing Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014, he was seen as the sport’s next enduring star.
He certainly made headlines, but not always for the right reasons in a career riddled with fines and suspensions.
But it’s at the box office for sports.
“They know it’s a bit of a show. They just want some fun at the end of the day, ”Kyrgios said after his afternoon on a crowded Court 3.
“Like a couple screaming asking normal questions about Tottenham Hotspur. It’s a bit strange.
“It’s crazy over there. I have people in the front row who literally train me, as I literally tell me, it’s okay, good ball, welcome back, it will work next time, good depth.
“I’m like, man, what’s going on here?” “
Often described as one of the best players to ever win a Grand Slam, Kyrgios says he’s satisfied with a career that has so far bought him six touring titles and nearly $ 9 million in cash prizes. .
The closest he’s got to a Grand Slam title is two points in the quarterfinals – at Wimbledon in 2014 and at the Australian Open in 2015.
“I agree not to win Grand Slam tournaments. I know this is going to make a lot of people angry, ”he said.
“He should do that. But I shouldn’t, however. It’s not your life, it’s mine.
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