Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios hints at retirement as he leaves every tournament to see his ailing mother
Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios hints that his retirement will be much earlier than his fans think as he retires from every tournament for the rest of the year and flies back to Australia to see his ailing mother
- Kyrgios, 26, made the shocking announcement after defeats in Boston
- Taking time off to see his mother and spend the rest of the year with his family
- Tennis star said he has nothing left to prove and is proud of his achievements
- Direct defeat on Sunday against Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he could retire in five years because he thinks he has “nothing left to prove” for himself.
The 26-year-old dropped out of every tournament for the rest of the year on Sunday, claiming he was tired of being on the road and wanted to spend time with his ailing mother.
Kyrgios made the shocking announcement after beating Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas outright at the Laver Cup championship in Boston.
“As long as I’m on the pitch I’ll do my best, but I’m not going to lie and say I plan on touring for another four or five years, I’m just not,” he said.
Nick Kyrgios takes the rest of the year off to spend time with his mother, Norlaila (pictured together)
Pictured: Nick Kyrgios plays against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fifth match in the 2021 Laver Cup
“I have to go home, I’ve been traveling for four and a half months now, my mother’s health is not going well, I’d like to go back and see her.”
“I want to spend time with my family.”
He said this year would probably be his last Laver Cup and that he doesn’t “know how much longer I’ll be playing tennis”.
“This is my last event of the year,” he said. “I’m getting my body right before the Australian Open.”
He claimed that he didn’t feel the need to prove himself by “acquiring points or chasing awards” and was incredibly proud of his achievements.
Kyrgios has built up a bad reputation over the past eight years after a series of fights on the pitch where he would do everything from disagreeing with the umpires to blowing out of his own box.
He has a career high ranking of 13 in 2016, but has since dropped to 95 after playing in fewer competitions and not progressing past the third round in any grand slam tournament this year.
“I’ll get my body in order and I’ll start my Australian Open pre-season and then go from there,” he said. “I am not a player who is going to play every week. I’ve got a lot of off-court duties and all that stuff, so we’ll review it again.”
In the photo: Nick Kyrgios with his family. He plans to take the rest of 2021 off to be with them in Canberra
Stefanos Tsitsipas (pictured) defeated Kyrgios in straight sets in Sunday’s match
The tennis bad boy also said he feels like an “old soul” and feels like he’s been playing for “a long time.”
“I always wanted to tour to beat the best players, show my personality and create a platform where I could help others and I feel like I did that.”
At the Laver Cup, Kyrgios lost 6-3 6-4 to Tsitsipas.
But the Greek player insisted Kyrgios was a “dangerous opponent”.
“He’s someone who can come out with little practice or preparation and play his best tennis because of the tremendous talent he has as an athlete,” Tsitsipas said.