‘Nick Kyrgios has a reputation for it’, says ATP star


Nick Kyrgios believes that past relationships and life’s mistakes can be used as a great learning experience and that’s the approach he’s taking. While Kyrgios was in the midst of a h*t streak at Wimbledon, in Australia he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari. After Kyrgios split from Passari, he began dating Costeen Hatzi at the end of 2021. Kyrgios and Hatzi have been together for over a year and their relationship seems to be thriving as the Australian has been playing the tennis of his life for the last few years. Next month, Kyrgios’ lawyers will try to get the case dismissed on mental health grounds. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Kyrgios was asked if he had any comments to make about his past relationships. “I guess everything is a learning experience. Not just relationships, but even tennis matches where I’ve lost my cool or misplayed the point, you just look back and know how to handle things better,” Kyrgios told The Sunday Times. A few years ago, Kyrgios found himself in a very dark moment and self-harmed, abusing alcohol and drugs. While Kyrgios was going through that hell, he kept playing tennis and reaping notable victories. “That scares me, because it can look like someone is on top of the world, but you never really understand the internal battles they’re going through,” Kyrgios said. During his darkest period, Kyrgios felt like there was no one to open up to. When Kyrgios went public with his story last year, he wanted to help others going through similar problems to open up and believe that better days are ahead. “I didn’t really have anyone to open up to, and every time I did they’d say, ‘Oh, you’ve got to get over it.’

Kokkinakis opens up on Kyrgios 

During his press conference after his semi-final defeat against Bautista Agut, Nick Kyrgios’ best friend wanted to talk about his pal. According to Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick is not a saint but he does everything to make things work out. “I think some of the things that Nick Kyrgios does that people see as negative get pushed a little more than others because he maybe has a reputation for it. Some of his acts make the headlines precisely because it is him, whereas if it were other players it would not be the case. Nick is not a saint, however. He did things that are probably justified. I think some of these things are unfair. At the end of the day, he tries to do his best. There is a lot of pressure on him. He feels he is trying to do as well as possible. Sometimes he gets along with it. Everyone copes in different ways. He had a phenomenal year last year. He will continue to give the best of himself”.

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