Nick Kyrgios has admitted he could become a lot more professional in his approach to tennis but has revealed the issues that he faced in his battle to pay the sport the attention it deserves in a column for the Players’ Voice.
Writing for the PlayersVoice.com.au, in a column titled, “THE BATTLE RAGING INSIDE ME”, Kyrgios has said the only time he can lead the kind of life that he desires is when he’s away from the limelight and with his family and friends.
Kyrgios also puts his hand up in admitting he has a lot to work on the mental side of things but his issue stems from the fact, “because I don’t want it enough, I’m not taking it seriously enough.”
The Aussie said his commitments issue around tennis are to do with the death of his grandmother a couple of years ago. He has blamed the sport for not allowing him enough time to spend with his grandmother and that has made it tougher for him to accept tennis as a be-all in life.
Interestingly, once Kyrgios has spoken of his relationship with his grandmother, or Nanna, as he fondly remembers her, he returns to speaking about the fire he has within – a fire to win, a fire to be unbeatable in tennis.
“When I’m in the right frame of mind, I feel unbeatable. That period this year where I beat Novak Djokovic a couple of times in a row in Acapulco and Indian Wells? Yep. Unbeatable.”
Similarly, he has also made a mention of his win over Rafael Nadal at the Cincinnati Masters.
However, what has troubled him, according to his piece, are lower-ranked opponents, where motivating oneself is a huge issue. And that is what had led him to suggest his coach could well look at coaching another player with better motivation levels, after his loss to John Millman at Flushing Meadows.
Kyrgios has also taken exception to being clubbed in the same bracket as fellow-countryman Bernard Tomic, who he says, doesn’t know what he wants.
“He needs to figure out what he wants to do. I can’t relate to anything he says anymore. He says one thing and he does the other. And he contradicts himself all the time.”
The Aussie 22-year-old has gone on to explain his relationship with the media and how he has been wronged by them on a number of occasions.
Read the entire column here.