Nick Kyrgios did not like the behavior of the ATP, accusing it of being selfish and ignoring all the problems that the Coronavirus pandemic is creating. The Australian tennis player is enraged by the circuit's willingness to play the US Open, despite the difficult situation that the United States is facing.
Kyrgios: 'I don’t believe my body will hold up'
Nick Kyrgios also said tennis coaches get paid too much, and he's too set in his ways to ever need one anyway. “Personally, I think (hiring a coach) is a little bit of a waste of money ’cause I think they get paid way too much,” Nick Kyrgios told his friend Elliot Loney during a candid 45-minute podcast.
“And, for me, I don’t have a goal of winning grand slams. I just want to do it my way, have fun with it and just play. So to get a coach for me is pointless because I don’t want to waste their time almost. I just don’t think a coach is ready – and I’m not going to put them through it too ’cause it would just be a nightmare.
Where I’m at my career now, it’s just too far gone, I think for a coach, ’cause I’m too set in my ways and I just don’t like to listen to advice, to be honest. I don’t believe my body will hold up for seven matches at a grand slam, potentially playing three to four hours (each match).
If I could, I’d just be on the beers every time I play – afterwards. I just want to chill out. I just think the sport’s taken a bit too seriously,” Kyrgios added. Kyrgios is known as a talented but mercurial and hot-tempered player.
He has been accused of tanking, verbal abuse, and unsportsmanlike conduct by the media and by former tennis players, including John McEnroe. In 2019, the Associated Press described Kyrgios as "a volatile sort who repeatedly has gotten in trouble for on-court actions"
But he is also known for his authenticity and individuality, and has been described by three-time Wimbledon champion John Newcombe as an "exceptional talent" and "a real individual" Kyrgios has also been warned and fined for various other instances of inappropriate behaviour.
He was given three code violations for audible obscenities and racket-smashing at the 2014 US Open (one more would have disqualified him), fined $4,926 for audible obscenities and racket-smashing at the 2015 Australian Open, fined $12,470 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $2,625 for swearing at 2015 Wimbledon, fined $4,370 for swearing at the 2016 Australian Open (he also took a phone call while on court during a mixed doubles match), fined $6,200 for swearing at the 2016 French Open, and fined $8,690 for swearing at the 2016 Wimbledon.