Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios admits he is happy and proud to see people coming to his matches but added he has a hard time understanding whey most tennis fans think of him as a tennis bad boy.
Kyrgios, a six-time ATP champion, is one of the most attractive players on the ATP Tour and his matches often feature a sold out crowd.
When Kyrgios plays, entertainment is guaranteed and that is why tournaments are always trying to bring the 27-year-old Australian.
“I love that people follow me and come to see me in the different tournaments, and that they like my way to play I am proud of my style,” Kyrgios told Ultima Hora, as quoted on Tennishead. “Being able to prove it is also a reward for me. I don’t understand why they think of me [as a bad boy]. I’m 27 years old now and I’ve been playing like this since I was ten. I have always been very emotional and ambitious. I’m not going to change. Because I think the fans want to see exciting and intense games. If you lose, you will be angry. It’s normal, it’s human. Some show it more and some less.”
Tournaments love to have Kyrgios in their player field
While responding to Bernard Tomic’s recent comments, Kyrgios claimed tournaments pay him around $50,000 just to show up at tournaments.
“I’m making millions of dollars right now, tournaments are still paying me €50,000 (AU$74,000) just to show up. I don’t need to get in the ring, I’m not desperate. I’m a professional tennis player, still playing at the highest level of sport. Bernard is not,” Kyrgios said.
This week, Kyrgios kicked off his grass season in Stuttgart.
In his first grass tournament of the year, Kyrgios reached the Stuttgart semifinal before losing to three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.
Next up for Kyrgios will be next week’s ATP event in Halle.