Nick Kyrgios, who recently stopped working with coach Todd Markham, is making more waves: He has suggested in an interview that he would rather be playing basketball than tennis.
"I don’t really like the sport of tennis that much. I don’t love it. It was crazy when I was 14. I was all for basketball and I made the decision to play tennis. I got pushed by my parents and to this day I can still say I don’t love the sport," he told British press (story from The Independent).
"It’s good when you’re out there on a tennis court. There’s nowhere to hide. It’s all you, tactically, physically, mentally. But I just love basketball, I love the sport. I always have. I try when I’m on the road with tennis not to watch too many basketball videos and stuff like that, to keep me focused," he added.
The 20-year-old still entertains notions of a basketball career. "Every time when I’m playing now I still think I can for some odd reason, even though I’m playing a completely different sport," he said. But he's not pursuing the idea seriously.
When on the tennis court, though, he likes to play to the spectators. "Some players out there don’t really interact with the crowd, they’re really serious, but I think it’s part of my personality as well," said Krygios. "I go out there and I like to entertain. I like to put on a bit of a show."