Nick Kyrgios: I Need To Get Away From Tennis, Delete My ATP App, Play Video Games And Chill!
by Tom Gainey | June 17th, 2015, 9:54 am
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Energetic superstar Nick Kyrgios is already burning out. Just 20, the Australian phenom is feeling the grind of the pro circuit.

Battling an illness after an elbow problem last month, Kyrgios lost in just 49 minutes to Stan Wawrinka at Queen’s on Tuesday, and afterward he hinted at taking a break before Wimbledon.

“I have been sick for the last week,” Kyrgios said.

“Probably going to stay in my house for a couple of days and sleep, play computer games and chill out,” said Kyrgios. “Not think about tennis, turn off all tennis channels, delete my ATP app, and just not think about tennis for a week or so.”

Kyrgios, who rents a house in London, isn’t too worried about his Wimbledon quarterfinal defense.

“I feel confident still,” he said. “I know that I could do some good things there, and I know that I don’t necessarily need too many matches before Grand Slams. Australian Open, as well. I had one match going in there.
I don’t know. I just need to chill out for a couple of days, I guess. I’m pretty tired.”

Wawrinka, though, wasn’t totally buying the Aussie’s act.

“When I read his interview, it’s always funny, a lot of things you can take,” Stan said. “When I read before the match he was ready, excited for the challenge, and now he was sick. So I’m just saying he’s saying a lot of things, and I think it’s always interesting as a player to read what he’s saying and how his mind working.

“He’s really talented player,” he said. “He is the future of tennis.”


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26 Comments for Nick Kyrgios: I Need To Get Away From Tennis, Delete My ATP App, Play Video Games And Chill!

Okiegal Says:

Anger management classes maybe??


Jeff Says:

I think this guy might turn into a Gulbis version 2


Okiegal Says:

@Jeff….I think you’ve hit the nail on the head! He’s so talented, but a little nutty acting. I hate to say this, but I think he’s a taco shy of a combo!
The things he says on court and in interviews, a bit bazaar in my way of thinking……Oh, well, whatever floats his boat!! :)


jalep Says:

Thinking meridian tapping lessons at the very least, Okigal.

Said hello to you on Federer shot behind the back video thread, Jeff.

You sounded familiar…


jalep Says:

Thinking meridian tapping lessons at the very least, Okigal.

Said hello to you on Federer shot behind the back video thread, Jeff.

You sounded familiar…


jalep Says:

Oops double posting…


Jeff Says:

Hi Jalep, I’m a new poster but an avid reader of this place for years


Okiegal Says:

@jalep…..Don’t know what the meridian tapping lessons are? I’ve missed something I guess?? Fill me in……


jalep Says:

Do you watch Milos Raonic, Okiegal? For months now, on changeovers you can see him cross-armed finger tapping his thighs. Er, Not sure how to describe it. Tsonga was up to it too at the FO.

Gotta look it up on youtube “meridian tapping”
Definitely have to try it :D


jalep Says:

@Jeff. Probably just a coincidence then. Was thinking of a Jeff who went by a different username and was in Kimberly’s US Open bracket game a few years ago…

Anyway, hope Stan Wawrinka is right and Kyrgios doesn’t end up like a version Gulbis.


Okiegal Says:

@jalep…

I have seen him do that, but didn’t know that was what it was called. He’s taking piano lessons and his playing his piano tunes….so the commentators said at one of his matches. You’ve heard of playing an air guitar…..maybe it should be called playing an air piano!! Lol


Margot Says:

Had a fab time at Queens!
Best moments getting up close and personal, very, to Andy on the practise courts, getting close, very, to Lopez as he came off his. At the end of his session, Andy came over to us and signed everything and chatted to his fans, and was utterly charming.
Best match was Rafa v Dolgopolov. Terrific shot making from both and you really didn’t know who would win till the last ball was hit. Saw Sasha on the practise courts, tiny compared with most players and so slight. Amazing the power he can generate, very like Henin.
Got a lot more time for Milos, much more to his game than a massive serve. I believe his hero was Sampras and he reminded me of him. Was good to see someone volleying too.
Stan looked very good against Kygios but honestly, Kygios didn’t show, poor show. So wasn’t surprised Stan went out next round.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……Thanks for the report. Sounds like you had a great time and I’m jealous!! On my bucket list to someday see Rafa!! I’m thinking Cincy would be my best bet. It’s the closest to Oklahoma for a road trip…..since I refuse to fly….stupid of me, I know……but that’s how I roll! :)


KatH Says:

Hi Margot – thought you’d be there for Quarters – anyways glad you had a fab. time – imagine you saw Jonas at Andy’s practice – interested to see what you thought of him.


Margot Says:

@KatH
Actually Monday and Tuesday much better days to go now they’v changed it to a 500. Much more chance to see loads of players out on the practise courts.
Most of the time Jonas seemed to be playing the role of ball boy TBH!
However, there was a lot of discussion when Andy sat down and also quite a bit of volleying smashing under his watchful eye.
Am going to 2nd Monday Wimbledon, when I hope to see Andy. Also Friday Davis Cup when he BETTER be there ;) Also hoping to see Monfils then, never seen him live.
@OK
You just cannot get any idea how fast and hard the ball is being struck from the TV. Especially those shots that breath takingly seem to carress the net. Also the speed of some of the players is something else. Dolgopolov especially seemed to be so light footed, incredilby fast and almost ethereal on court.


jalep Says:

Oh Margot, how wonderful! I’m right there with you. It’s all so much fun on the days you were there. Thought or hoped you might be there at Rafa v Dolgo. I love early rounds and hanging out at practice courts.

I’m off to work…another th,fri,sat, schedule. Happy for you :D


Okiegal Says:

@Margot….I’ve always wondered if the ball appears to come slower after being struck on the TV as opposed to live. Thanks for that little tidbit. It does look a tad slow on the TV. I have wished the TV would give us a side view, it might put the gameplay in a different perspective. Glad you are getting to see these matches live! Sounds like major fun!


jalep Says:

Get yourself to Cincy. dear Okiegal if you possibly can. It’s a matter of opinion and finaces whether it’s better to go for the last week or the first. I love the 1st week when you can get an close and personal experience with so much detail on the outer courts, practice courts, and choose a reasonably priced Courtside seat, if possible seeing your favorite big stars play an early round on center court. It’s freaking Disneyland for adult tennis nuts like us!


jalep Says:

Very badly constructed grammar and typos…but hope you get my point,Okiegal.

If you go the 1st week when Rafa is on a practice court…maneuver yourself into a good spot and enjoy. He puts so much into his practice sessions and you can see him interact with his uncle and all kinds of other details…lols…


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep…..At this point, I would settle for a practice session! I would definitely go the first week, with an iffy Rafa, he could be out in the first round. If it doesn’t stop raining in Oklahoma, I might have to change my mode of travel to boat!! Lol My first biggest hurdle is talking my hubby into going…..it probably ain’t ever gonna happen….but I can wish!!


jalep Says:

One more thing, Okiegal. It would be best if I go with you ;)


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep……Are u a good driver?? Lol We might get into trouble….BTW where do you live? If I’ve read it, can’t remember……sigh….. :(


Margot Says:

Lol OK was just going to suggest you grab a friend and just GO! And here’s Jalep offerening :)
Don’t die with regrets, as they say.


jane Says:

margot, excellent report from queens, up close and personal. loved reading your take. so glad you were able to get signings and chatting with andy! also cool that you’ve gained a different (?) perspective on milos. i do think his game has rounded since he began. is sasha dolgo? your comparison with henin, if so, really strikes home for me. oh you’re so lucky! wimbledon and davis cup still to look forward too. wow. must be nice. :))


Margot Says:

@jane
Thank you, it was brilliant.
Yes, Dolgopolov = Sasha, which I believe he’s called, may be wrong. Saw him on the practise court too was doing those elastic arm strengthener weighty things, lol.
Andy was soooo delightful and friendly to everyone.


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