Over the last few days Nick Kyrgios has made some very revealing personal comments which go some way to answering the many questions which fans and others, have wondered about this very talented, albeit controversial, player.
If I could, I’d just be on the beers every time I play – afterwards. I just want to chill out. I just think the sport’s taken a bit too seriously Nick Kyrgios
Speaking to his friend Elliot Loney during a 45-minute podcast, the 25-year-old from Canberra, revealed his views on coaching, his problems as a youngster, his attitude towards sex and his lack of ambition.
Bearing in mind that a number of former top players have indicated their willingness to help him harness and direct his talent which he has regularly rejected because he likes to do it his own way.
“Personally, I think (hiring a coach) is a little bit of a waste of money ‘cause I think they get paid way too much,” he declared.
“And, for me, I don’t have a goal of winning grand slams. I just want to do it my way, have fun with it and just play.
“So, to get a coach for me is pointless because I don’t want to waste their time almost.
“I just don’t think a coach is ready – and I’m not going to put them through it too ‘cause it would just be a nightmare.
“Where I’m at my career now, it’s just too far gone, I think for a coach, ‘cause I’m too set in my ways and I just don’t like to listen to advice, to be honest.”
Kyrgios, who has reached two grand slam quarter-finals and climbed to 13th on the world rankings, has admitted that he dislikes training.
He is one of the very few players who has defeated Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal on their first encounter but that isn’t sufficient to stir up his ambitions and doubts whether he will ever win a major.
“I don’t believe my body will hold up for seven matches at a grand slam, potentially playing three to four hours (each match),” he said, adding that wins and losses won’t define his career.
“If I could, I’d just be on the beers every time I play – afterwards. I just want to chill out. I just think the sport’s taken a bit too seriously,” Kyrgios continued having disclosed that when he beat Rafael Nadal at the Cincinnati Masters, he was suffering from the effects of a heavy night’s drinking on the eve of the match.
He said: “We went out and we had a great time. Before going on the field, I knew I had to serve well and play super aggressively if I wanted to have a chance. I couldn’t even move, maybe I still had a hangover.”
If he had an ambition it was to make the doubters of his youth eat their words for as a teenager, he was often told he was too fat to succeed on the tour.
“There were a lot of people who had their two cents about what I had to do to make it, so to speak, and yeah those comments were hurtful at times,” Kyrgios admitted.
“I was only a kid. I just wanted to play, go compete, and you’ve got coaches and teachers saying to a 14, 15-year-old kid ‘you need to lose weight, otherwise you’re not going to be good’.
“It was pretty tough to handle back then … I just wanted to prove a lot of people wrong.
“I wanted to go out there, like a fat kid from Canberra who was decent at ball striking (to show I) could literally take it to some of the best in the world.”
And he certainly has done just that.
On a more personal front, his revelation that he has slept with fans on a weekly basis when not with a girlfriend, is perhaps, the most disconcerting bearing in mind the legion of young fans who admire his eccentricity and laid-back approach to life.
“Yes. In all seriousness, if I’m not seeing someone it’s a weekly thing,” Kyrgios said in a session with Twitch user babztv1.
“Eastern Europeans just have my heart on the get-go. Tall Eastern European’s – I’m just like ‘take half my earnings” he added candidly.
During last year’s Laver Cup he was heard to admit to his team mates following his defeat by Federer, that he had been distracted by a good looking girl in the crowd.
“I was slicing up Fedz and was like, “Damn”. I wanted to take her out for a drink,’ he recollected.
He obviously enjoys being a rebel, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that Kyrgios has a very humane side to him as well. No one will forget what he achieved in Australia this year by raising funds for the victims and firefighters of that disastrous blaze which engulfed vast areas of the bush.