Nick Kyrgios Bad Boy of Tennis
Nick has been at it again lately – living up to his bad boy of tennis image. Although, in Nick’s defense, he seems to get into bad boy altercations mostly on Social Media. I suspect he’s probably a super chill guy that likes to play pick-up basketball and video games when he’s not ripping up opponents on the court and on social media. So, let’s recap to see what he’s been up to in the last couple of weeks.
The first altercation happened a couple of weeks ago when he called Fernando Verdasco, “the saltiest dude” because of an exchange that happened between his fellow friend and Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis. Apparently during the match, Verdasco was frustrated at someone talking during his service games. Turns out that someone was Kokkinakis’ father. Nevertheless, Nick felt it was appropriate to call out Fernando’s “saltiness” and the fact that he has a terrible record against Aussies. Here’s a full write up on the drama.
The more entertaining of the exchanges happened this last week. Nick Kyrios got into it with some dude that was trolling him and challenging him to a match. Bad boy antics are in full swing during this one. Nick even posted a video of the supposed challenger for all his followers to see. Here’s a great write up about this whole fiasco, including clips of his challenger hitting some backhands. I have to admit, this “challenger” unfortunately has absolutely no game.
Enough about trolling and getting trolled on social media though, what’s going on with Kyrgios’ game? Let’s recap his results thus far this year. He started the year hot claiming the Brisbane International in January. On his way to that victory he beats Grigor Dimitrov in three sets. He then goes to Australia, where he makes it to the round of 16 only to be beaten by Grigor Dimitrov. He beats Jo Wilfried Tsonga along the way. There’s some positives there.
Unfortunately, immediately after the Australian he has to withdraw from Delray Beach and Indian Wells due to an elbow injury. He then comes back for the Miami Open strong, but is stopped in the Round of 16 by a match ready Zverev. Then last week he loses to Karlovic in the ATP Houston clay court tournament in the quarters.
Kyrios is not playing bad by any means. He just needs some more match play. Karlovic is a nightmare to play, because of his serve, then he loses to Dimitrov and Zverev. Not exactly slouches over there. So, if Nick can stay healthy, I see him getting some results the rest of the year.