Nick Kyrgios, Rebel with a cause

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Another attraction of Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC will be Nick Kyrgios. The Australian, born in Canberra, like all high performance athletes, has biographical aspects to review.

The obvious: he uses a cool hair style, he has earrings and wears jewelry. The accessories on his outfits are tribal due to his origins (his mother is from Malaysia and his father from Greece). He always uses a necklace with a crucifix and a lucky charm his mother gave him. He sometimes listens to his music during the side changes.

What he can’t keep to himself is that, as a kid, he wanted to play any sports but tennis, where he started as a ball boy to his brother Christos, whom is a lawyer.

When he was 14 years of age he alternated between tennis and basketball. But he had to choose, due to the pressure from his parents. Therefore, he admits, he prefers to play basketball over tennis. Such is the suffering, that when he finishes his training, he asked himself why he plays.

Any mortal would have already quit, either getting sick of it or because everyone else was better. But he wasn’t that lucky. At the age of 18, he ended the year as no. 1 in Juniors. The next year he left Rafa out of Wimbledon when he led the world rankings, he was the first player out of the top 100 who defeated the number 1 in more than two decades.

His first extravaganza was in 2015 against Gasquet, when nick returns the ball right to the net, the French public wasn’t happy with the act and they started “booing” the Australian. In the next service, he moved to the opposite side of the ball direction, and “gave” him an ace. Later he said that his goal was to end the match as soon as possible.

After this game the commotion was overwhelming. The press launched countless headlines expressing any type of hypothesis: “cavalier”, “lazy”, “rebel”, “heartless player”, etc.

After repeating these events, Nick accepted the conditions of the ATP that included attending the sports psychologist and publicly apologize.

Within the next few weeks he reached the final of the ATP Master of Cincinnati, which he would lose against Dimitrov. Despite the defeat, the young promise received ovations and compliments for his game.

A couple of seasons ago he donated ten dollars, for each ace, to the victims of Hurricane Irma. He also created the NK Foundation, where he built sports facilities for young people at risk of exclusion and without resources. He found then, the drive to play tennis: “Now I play for them. I love children. In fact I enjoy more helping them and seeing them fulfill their dreams than what I do on the courts”, he told the media.

He tries to humanize an ultra-competitive sport. He shows himself as he is. His karma: the talent in a sport that is not his favorite. With athlete skills and rapper look, he will always provide spectacle. Are you going to miss it?


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