Nick Kyrgios gets a ton of criticism and praises. It has been this way for the Australian since when he was a kid. The Canberra native, speaking to the press after reaching the Washington final, said: "Growing up, I was a very overweight kid.
Got told by coaches, teachers, that I wasn't going to be very good at what I chose to do, which was tennis. And I think people can just relate to people telling you can't do anything, and I am feeling I am proving a lot of people wrong.
I have beaten one of the best tennis players in the world, and I'm doing it my way. And I am never going to stop doing that. I think people can draw inspiration from that. I think, Don't listen to anyone, just hack yourself and believe in yourself, and that's all that matters."
Tsitsipas said: "He was playing well. He was on fire at some moments during the match... He kept holding his serve and putting pressure on me. The thing is that you expect those things before the match starts. It's not something new when you see those things on court.
So it's his way of feeling comfortable when he is on the court. He is entertaining people. He is fun. I am serious, as well, when I play. I try to get the best out of my game by being focused and having a game face. But yeah, he has said some good things about me, and I appreciate that."