Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios, who will face Novak Djokovic for his first Grand Slam singles title, loves basketball and credits it for this longest streak.
Nick Kyrgios is one of the worst athletes on the planet. The 27-year-old tennis star would sometimes act like there was no better player in the world, and sometimes he would simply blow away games because he didn’t feel like winning.
That might be absurd to know about a professional athlete who is one of the few (3) to beat each of the big three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, also, the first time he played against them. But he does some things on and off the field that drives fans and athletes into a frenzy.
Kyrgios is a controversial player known for his epic displays of talking, racket-smashing and trash-talking. According to Tennisheal, he received more fines for his temperamental behavior on court than any other player in ATP history.
The world number 40, who has never reached a Grand Slam semi-final, will now face Novak Djokovic in the 2022 Wimbledon final due to an abdominal injury from Nadal. He beat world number 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the earlier rounds, causing the biggest problem. He gave great credit to basketball for his deep placement in the tournament.
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His love of basketball led to Nick Kyrgios being bullied by NBL players who were one of his secret preparations for Wimbledon
The Australian sensation has been quite open about his love for the Boston Celtics, who lost the NBA Finals series 4-2 to the Golden State Warriors last month. Nick is so obsessed with his team that he lost an ATP World Tour match against Hubert Hurkacz after the Celtics lost Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
But, according to him, basketball is also one of the biggest reasons why he is spending the time of his life on one of the biggest tennis stages, because he has a chance to win the Grand Slam for the first time since his debut. .
“Basketball is my meditation, but at the same time it’s good fitness. “People don’t realize that the defensive skates and defensive moves of basketball are almost identical to how people move on the tennis court,” said Nick.
Tsitsipas did not take his third-round loss to Kyrgios well, complaining that the polarizing Australian star was ‘mean’ and a bully. The Australian laughed off the idea, criticizing Tsitsipas as ‘soft’ and suggesting his own team of professional and semi-professional NBL players were the real bullies.
‘Nick is not a bully. I’m a bully’: The basketball team that prepared @NickKyrgios for Wimbledon attack https://t.co/1eeMEdUUsH
— Michael Chammas (@MichaelChammas) July 4, 2022
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