Polarising Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios has revealed what he would change about the game he plays if given the chance.
In an interview with tennis legend John McEnroe for Nike, Kyrgios was asked what changes he’d make to the sport he famously described as “boring” just last year.
“I think I would just do little things,” Kyrgios told McEnroe.
“Like having music between points, change of ends… I think getting the fans more involved.
“There needs to be more rivalries. For instance the match where I played Rafa at Wimbledon just recently. I thought they kind of hyped that match as if it was a boxing match. I thought that was really cool.
“Actually I don’t think I’d be good with all that power. I’d make a lot of changes,” he laughed.
At the US Open Kyrgios said his occupation was “boring” in a dramatic match filled with outbursts at the chair umpire, swearing, shorts complaints and also, sensational tennis.
“You could not pick a more boring sport as a professional,” he told himself during his first round win over American Steve Johnson.
Johnson had grown weary of Kyrgios’ antics and tried to tell him to cut out the “s—show”.
The ‘s—show’ is hard to look away from though.
The true side of Kyrgios revealed
Even if his methods sometimes leave tennis traditionalists cringing, Kyrgios does make the sport anything but boring, and it’s why he’s one of the biggest drawcards – and enigmas – in the game.
He clarified to McEnroe that he doesn’t actually find tennis boring, despite his US open comments, and his frequent assertion that he would rather play basketball.
Kyrgios appears to have changed his tune.
“I think tennis is actually so unique compared to every other sport,” he said.
“You look at the top guys, guys like myself, you [John McEnroe], some of the past greats, just watching, you can see their personality on court with the shots that they play.
“I could go on for hours about tennis, honestly. So I most definitely don’t think it’s a boring sport at all.”
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