Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios hints his retirement will be much sooner than you think as he quits every tournament for the rest of the year and flies back to Australia to see his sick mum
- Kyrgios, 26, made the shock announcement after straight set defeats in Boston
- Taking time off to see his mum and spend the rest of the year with his family
- Tennis star said he has nothing left to prove and is proud of his achievements
- Straight set defeat against Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday
Hotshot tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he may retire within five years, as he quits every tournament for the rest of the year to spend time with his sick mum.
The 26-year-old made the shock announcement after straight set defeats against Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Laver Cup championship in Boston on Sunday.
‘As long as I’m on the court I’ll try and give my best but I’m not going to lie and say I plan to play for four or five more years on tour, that’s just not me,’ the Australian said.
‘I need to go back home, I’ve been travelling for four and half months now, my Mum’s not doing too well with her health, I’d like to go back and see her.’
Nick Kyrgios is taking the rest of the year off to spend time with his mum, Norlaila (pictured together)
Pictured: Nick Kyrgios plays against Stefanos Tsitsipas during the fifth match in the 2021 Laver Cup
‘I want to spend time with my family.’
He said this year would likely be his last Laver Cup and that he doesn’t ‘know how much longer I will be in tennis’.
‘This is my last event of the year,’ he said.’I will get my body right ahead of the Australian Open.’
He also explained that he doesn’t feel the need to prove himself by collecting ‘points or hunting for accolades’ and is incredibly proud of his achievements.
Pictured: Nick Kyrgios with his family. He plans on taking the rest of 2021 off to be with them in Canberra
Kyrgios has gained a reputation for himself over the past eight years after a series of on-court spats where he would do anything, from disagreeing with umpires to erupting at his own player box.
He his a career-high ranking of 13 in 2016, but has since dropped back to 95 after playing at less competitions and failing to last beyond the third round in each grand slam tournament this year.
‘I’ll get my body right and I’ll start my pre-season for the Australian Open and then go from there,’ he said. ‘I’m not a player that’s going to play every week. I’ve got a lot of off-court duties and all that type of stuff, so we’ll re-assess.’
Stefanos Tsitsipas (pictured) beat Kyrgios in straight sets in the game on Sunday
The tennis bad boy also said he feels like an ‘old soul’ and feels as though he’s been playing for ‘a long, long time’.
‘I always wanted to come on tour to beat the best players, show my personality and create a platform where I was able to help others and I feel like that’s what I’ve done.’
At the Laver Cup, Kyrgios’ lost 6-3 6-4 to Tsitsipas.
But the Greek player insisted Kyrgios was a ‘dangerous opponent’.
‘He’s someone who with not much practice or preparation he can come out and play his best tennis due to the enormous talent that he has as an athlete,’ Tsitsipas said.