Nick Kyrgios says his way of thinking has changed and admits that being in a serious relationship has had a positive impact on his career as he now has a "partner I see a future with and I want to provide for."
Kyrgios, 27, started dating Costeen Hatzi in late 2021 and his girlfriend has been accompanying him at tournaments throughout the entire 2022 season. Kyrgios looks extremely happy on and off the court as he has been playing the tennis of his life in 2022.
With girlfriend on his side, Kyrgios' motivation to do well is off the charts. "Honestly, I feel as if I'm a lot older, a lot more mature, and I feel like when you get older, you realize you shouldn't be taking these things for granted, the way you're feeling, the way your body feels.
Also, I have a partner with me now I see a future with and I kind of see that I have to provide for. So I feel like my motivation is a lot higher than it used to be," Kyrgios said, per Sportskeeda.
Kyrgios on those who still think he is bad for the game
"I don't care about what people say about my tennis, like always disrespectful to the sport, all this, all that.
I know that deep down that I try really hard to do it my own way. I know that I inspire millions of people, and I'm just playing for them," Kyrgios said. The 2022 season has been absolutely great for Kyrgios, who became a Grand Slam champion earlier this year after he and Thanasi Kokkinakis won the Australian Open men's doubles title.
After winning the Australian Open men's doubles title, Kyrgios reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon. Kyrgios fell short to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final but won his first title of the year last week after beating Yoshihito Nishioka in the final. This week, Kyrgios plays Sebastian Baez in the Montreal first round.