Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios will participate in a celebrity basketball game for charity, Sydney Kings owner Paul Smith told Ben Fordham. Kyrgios, a former world No. 13, has spoken multiple times about his love for basketball.
On April 24, Kyrgios will have a chance to show his basketball skills in the Sydney Kings Starlight Celebrity game. After playing three tournaments in the United States, Kyrgios returned to Australia. Two weeks ago in Houston, Kyrgios made his first appearance on clay since 2019.
Earlier this year', Kyrgios announced he would be skipping the entire clay season. While in the United States for Indian Wells and Miami, Kyrgios accepted a wildcard into Houston. In Houston, Kyrgios confirmed that would be his lone clay tournament of the clay season.
Kyrgios on his love for basketball
“When I’m out playing basketball I don’t think of anything for that hour or two hours," Kyrgios told NBA Australia last year. “It’s just having fun, seeing the ball, just hearing the ball bouncing going through the net, it’s my meditation, I feel like I’ve got no problems in the world – and then when I step off the court I feel like the real world just catches up again.
“It’s just like something that’s always going to be a part of me, I don’t want to stop playing it, I played until I was 14 competitively and I still play whenever I can, like literally all around the world, I go to LA Fitness until like 2am and play and run with guys, so I always try and get a ball in my hand when I can”.
Kyrgios is expected to return to action in early June, when the time comes for the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. Kyrgios absolutely loves playing on grass and it's not a secret that he will be looking to do well during the grass season.