US Open Star Nick Kyrgios Would Rather Be Playing Basketball (or Pokemon Go): 'I Don’t Love This Sport'
“It’s important to find a balance between Pokémon and training,” Kyrgios said
Australian Nick Kyrgios is making his mark at the U.S. Open, but it’s not for his love of the game.
At 19, Kyrgios burst into the spotlight beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon with a jaw dropping between-the-legs shot.
The upset led to claims that Kyrgios was “the future of tennis,” which, as it turns out, isn’t a role he embraces with open arms.
“I don’t love this sport,” Kyrgios, now 21, announced at a press conference last month after losing to Andy Murray at Wimbledon, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “But, you know, I don’t really know what else to do without it.”
Kyrgios went on to admit that he had spent the morning before the match playing computer games.
“Is that the greatest preparation? I don’t know,” he said.
The man from Cranberra, Australia’s love of video games has continued to be a major distraction. Kyrgios recently met with a New York Times reporter while playing the mobile game Pokemon Go on two phones simultaneously.
“It’s important to find a balance between Pokémon and training,” he said with what the reporter called “only the faintest hint of sarcasm.”
While many in the tennis world have speculated that Kyrgios, who is now ranked 16th in the world, has the raw talent to make it to number one, he plans to retire at 27 regardless of his ranking. He’ll do so, he has said, to pursue his true passion – basketball.
“I just love basketball, I love the sport. I always have,” he told The Independent. “I try when I’m on the road with tennis not to watch too many basketball videos and stuff like that, to keep me focused, but it’s tough.”
In a recent Twitter Q&A, Kyrgios hinted that his tennis career may come to an end much sooner.
“If I won the US open now [you] would never see me again,” he wrote.
In that same Q&A, he may have convinced many teens that a career in professional tennis might not be so bad when he confirmed that tennis players are allowed to smoke marijuana while on tour.