Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has revealed he had been out drinking before one of his wins over World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, during a recent podcast with comedian Elliot Loney.
Nick Kyrgios has 3 wins over Rafael Nadal in eight career meetings
Kyrgios and Nadal have met eight times on the tour, with the Spaniard leading their head to head by 5-3.
Neither mentioned which of those three wins they were referring to. During the podcast, Loney said, "I remember, you and I, I think we were in Montreal. You’d gone to America, and I think the night before you played Rafa, or two nights before, we had a night out.
You, me, and a few other of our mates, and we sent it. And you sent it hard, and then I remember being in the hotel room; I was a full-blown foetus, a corpse. I turn on the TV, and there you were on the TV dusting up Rafael Nadal on a hard-court, and I could not believe it.
I was saying to my mate, I said, ‘I cannot believe Nick is doing this. Not only is he playing one of the best players in the world, and dismantling them, but he was out with us no more than 24 hours ago, off his nut. Like, I don’t understand how you’re able to play tennis at that level after doing that kind of stuff on a night out.
Like how do you do it?” Kyrgios said, "We went out, we had a great time. I’m pretty sure we went pretty hard. And you know, a day-and-a-half later I saw the draw, and you know, I’m like, ‘I’ve got to play Rafa.’ And I mean nothing changes, you know.
I already told you what I think of these players; I don’t give them respect just because of who they are, what they’ve achieved. I just went out there and said, ‘Look, I’m going to play big. I can’t really move, I know that I can’t really move because I’m still probably hungover.
So I’m going to have to serve really big, and just play super aggressive.’ And the stars aligned for that night; it’s that simple, really”. The Australian, who did say that this was not his usual routine during tournaments, did admit though that his behaviour off the court at times did have an effect on him on his performances on the court and his ability to be consistent.
“Consistently, I’m not too sure that you can do it. But I’ve had a couple times in my career where I’ve somehow pulled it together. But consistently, doing it at the top, it’s not possible. That’s for sure.
I’ll easily admit that kind of behaviour is not going to be consistent, you’re going to get burnt out and worn down, which I’m okay to say … it has caught up to me a little bit, with my physicality or sometimes not being as consistent, but that’s my choice”.
Nick Kyrgios is currently ranked No. 40 in the world while Rafael Nadal is ranked No. 12. The Spaniard is a 19 time Grand Slam champion.