After reaching the first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios has devoted ample space to the criticisms that have often characterized his path in the world of tennis. Nick was one of the main protagonist of the season, and not only for his first Slam final played.
The Australian player has been attacked hard throughout his career for some attitudes considered over the top. But as everyone knows: the field can often transform an athlete and give the wrong image of a person. The Canberra native has sided with the weakest on more than one occasion and, through his Foundation, has provided economic aid and psychological support to many people: "People who criticize me don't know what I've been through in my life.
People confuse my great confidence with arrogance."
Nick Kyrgios: "We are bad models for sport"
Kyrgios thinks the treatment that some insiders and various enthusiasts give him is unfair. And it is precisely in this context that, probably, the rude answer given by the 27-year-old at the press conference at the ATP Finals should be read.
One of the journalists present in the press room positively emphasized the affection and love of the children towards Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Many children have in fact attended their training with great passion. Kyrgios told: "You are kind of an idol to them.
There were a lot of kids this morning. How do you feel? We are really bad role models for the sport. Nobody likes to watch us play. We are not the favorite of people and fans. I believe your statement is incorrect. I haven't seen many people." Kyrgios and Kokkinakis qualified for the ATP Finals doubles and lost to Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof in the final super tie-break.
To win the semifinals, in all likelihood, the two Australian tennis players will have to win the following Round Robin matches; matches that will play on Wednesday and Friday.