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National Bank Open: who is the real Nick Kyrgios?

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Tennis fans and journalists have put on a bad boy label on Nick Kyrgios in recent years. He gets mad when we tell him about it.

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We got to see him at Wimbledon, but also since his arrival in Montreal. The question to ask: who is the real Nick Kyrgios?

The Australian has often been talked about for the wrong reasons. His numerous outbursts and impulsive gestures on the court disturb many in the world of tennis. Not to mention, he constantly argues with his team at a meeting.

In a world where the label is very important, Kyrgios stands out. He is seen as a bad boy. A bad person. He has a love-hate relationship with reporters.

Kyrgios does not hesitate to answer some questions in a dry way. He likes to rephrase some reporters if need be. After his win against Alex de Minaur on Thursday, he returned to the perception people have of him.

“I don’t really care if people don’t like me or my tennis style,” explained the controversial athlete.

“I understand that there are some personalities who disagree with certain things I do or the way I dress.

“At the beginning of my career there was an image of me that didn’t look like me at all. It was based on what I was doing on the pitch and not what I was doing in my real life.

“I’m a normal human being 95% of the time. You only see me on the pitch and that’s only 2% of my life. “

Two personalities?

Since the start of the season, Kyrgios has been putting his life in order on all levels. At a tennis level he has decided to train seriously and wants to prove that he is part of the elite of his sport.

Leads a more orderly personal life. Obviously he is involved in an assault case with his ex-wife, Chiara Passari. A case that shook him.

“I strongly believe in the fact that you have to be two completely different people to be successful as an athlete,” added Kyrgios. You can’t always be a super nice and generous guy on the court. If so, I’d be terrible at tennis.

“Tennis players have to be self-centered. You have to walk and feel like the best player in the world. You have to have that mindset. “

Thoughtful, says his girlfriend

We had the opportunity to briefly chat with his girlfriend Costen Hatzi in the hallway after a game. He said that his lover is not the same person seen on the pitch. He really takes care of her.

“The people around me and my friends know who I am,” Kyrgios said. This is all that matters to me. When I leave the field, nothing interests me anymore. “

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Positively intimidating

Due to his success after Wimbledon, other players fear him. When he takes the field, the Aussie is intimidating.

“Serena’s opponents [Williams] and Ruggero [Federer] they weren’t expected to sleep very well on the eve of their fight, Kyrgios said. He was more about the aura or past achievements.

For my part, they have to tell themselves that I have a great streak and that I am playing well. It can affect your ability to go out there and perform well.

“I think it has happened to some of my opponents in the last few weeks. I have been a good player for most of my career. I earned that respect in the locker room. They know what I’m capable of if I’m motivated.

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