Heartbreak for Nick Kyrgios as Australian tennis star reveals his beloved grandmother has passed away: ‘Can’t take a break now’
- Nick Kyrgios has revealed his heartbreak after his grandmother died
- The 28-year-old took to Instagram to confirm the crushing news
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Nick Kyrgios has shared his heartbreak after his beloved grandmother passed away on Tuesday.
Kyrgios, 28, took to Instagram to share the devastating news that his Yiayia – Greek for grandmother – has passed away.
“Looks like I can’t take a break right now,” he posted. RIP Yiayia, the best we can wish for. Now go enjoy your time with Papou.’
His news saw a slew of comments in support of the 28-year-old, with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi writing, “Yiayia will always look over you.”
Close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis also posted two love heart emojis.
Kyrgios lost his maternal grandmother, Julianah Foster, aged 74, in 2014 and paid tribute to her at the Australian Open a year later.
After his win over Federico Delbonis at the Australian Open, he got down on one knee and looked up to the sky and instead of signing his signature on camera, he honored her memory on television.
“My grandma passed away last year, I still think about that every day, and that probably matured me a little bit,” he explained.
“She was practically my mom when I was little. My mom was always working, so she took me to tennis practice every day, took me to school, and picked me up from school. She also lived in our house, so she had a huge influence.’
“She passed away just after Wimbledon, I was just happy that she saw me play and that she finally saw me on that stage.
“You walk into her room, she has posters and pictures of me, it was great that she finally saw me on the top podium.
“I’m playing for her a little bit now. Every time I’m on the field I always think of something that’s going to motivate me, and that’s probably why I’m starting to train harder now and get down on my knees a bit more.”
More to follow.