Less gaming, more sightseeing: Nick Kyrgios’s mother spills secret behind son’s dream run to Wimbledon final

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios’s mother said her son’s success in the ongoing season is due to cutting down on the time he spends on video games and going out and exploring the outside world on tour.

Nick Kyrgios, who has always been rated as one of the most explosive players on the tour, seems to have realised his potential in a breakthrough 2022 season. Kyrgios tasted Grand Slam success when he won the Australian Open doubles crown along with compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Kyrgios achieved his biggest milestone at Wimbledon 2022 as he became the first unseeded player in 19 years to reach a Grand Slam final. The World No. 40 progressed to the final of Wimbledon affter Rafael Nadal withdrew from their scheduled semi-final due to an abdomen injury.

Speaking to Nine Media, Nick Kyrgios’s mother shed light on how difficult it was to get Kyrgios away from his gaming console and explore the world.

“It was so hard for us to get him to do anything,” she said. “He was happy to sit in his room and play video games all the time. His shoulder would hurt him from how much he would play.

“In Beijing, we wanted him to walk the Great Wall of China with us. Who wouldn’t, right? But Nick wouldn’t go. He was happy to sit in his room and order in, that’s what worried me.

“I remember in Canada we said, ‘Let’s go to Niagara Falls’. He wouldn’t even go there. I actually went on my own on the tour bus. Nick wouldn’t want to do those things.”

Kyrgios is all set to face the winner of the semi-final between 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and home favourite Cameron Norrie.

His mother has been unable to travel to London because of health issues but has been keeping up with his successes – and days out — on social media.

‘FIRST TIME TO BIG BEN’

“He’s finally appreciating where he is, that’s the best thing about this,” she added. “There’s such a difference now, I see it on his (Insta) stories.

“It’s probably the first time he’s been to Big Ben. All the time he’s been to London, he hasn’t gone anywhere. Since the Australian Open this year, he has started doing some things.

“He now understands that life doesn’t revolve around tennis. No one expects him to be like that. You have to enjoy your life. I’m really happy he is now.”

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