The Australian tennis star shares a retroback photo of himself as a kid playing basketball – claiming sport for his radical transformation
- Nick Kyrgios posted a photo on Instagram of him holding a basketball
- Until the age of 14, Kyrgios represented the ACT and Australia on basketball
- World number 43 is unrecognizable from the broad, bearded badboy he is today
With his chubby cheeks and a double chin, a young Nick Kyrgios is unrecognizable from the broad, bearded badboy he is today.
Just a few days after the outbreak of Wimbledon in the second round, the 24-year-old posted a photo on his Instagram of himself growing up in Canberra.
Until the age of 14, Kyrgios represented the ACT and Australia in basketball before he decided to focus solely on tennis.
The image shows the promising player holding a ball in his right hand in what appears to be his living room.
With his chubby cheeks and a double chin, a young Nick Kyrgios (photo) is unrecognizable from the broad, bearded badboy he is today
Tennis hotels Daria Gavrilova and Nick Kyrgios pose on the blue carpet during the Hopman Cup New Year's Eve gala at the Crown Perth in December 2016
He subtitled the photo with an inspiring message: & # 39; Sport is important because it is the largest school of lessons, teachers, and perseverance & # 39 ;.
Kyrgios, which stands at 1.93 m, placed a similar setback for Wimbledon.
It proudly displayed wearing a shirt with the legend of iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
World no. 43 has endorsed the post: & # 39; Wimbledon mood. & # 39;
Kyrgios, known for arguing with referees and with questionable tactics such as the armpit service, lost to Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon.
The night before the competition he was spotted with the locals in a cafe.
Nick Kyrgios posted this photo of himself as a youth to summarize his pre-Wimbledon mood
At an icy press conference after the game, he said he was planning to go to his home on the Bahamas and chill a little & # 39 ;.
But before he had fully started the tournament, he played mixed doubles with the American 25-year-old Desirae Krawczyk.
The pair lost their mixed doubles game to Marcus Daniell and Jennifer Brady, but Kyrgios seemed more interested in his partner Krawczyk, 25, during the post-match press conference.
Before the conference, Kyrgios, 24, chatted with her about his plans for the evening – and asked her if she wanted to accompany him.
& # 39; We have established a club, it is outrageous, & # 39; Kyrgios said, not realizing that the microphones were on.
Kyrgios received a warning for his behavior after arguing with the referee about how long Nadal took between the points
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