"He wants to be tennis' version of 2Pac": Tennis fans react as Kyrgios suggests early retirement

Thursday, 27 July 2023 at 22:00
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Tennis fans commented on the possible retirement of Nick Kyrgios from the ATP tour before turning 33 years old.
The Australian player recently participated in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, although not on the court. Kyrgios was confirmed as one of the eight athletes who would compete in the exhibition event organized by coach Patrick Mouratoglou, but he is not yet 100% physically fit.
The former Wimbledon finalist served as a coach for his friend Frances Tiafoe during the Los Angeles tournament. In a conversation with him and Jeremy Chardy, Kyrgios commented that he will not continue playing on the ATP tour at the age of 33 due to the exhausting nature of the life as a tennis player.
“Bro the sport’s crazy. The schedule is out of control. Just old bro I’m getting old. I’m 28 yeah. But like all the drinking and partying I’m like 57. That’s Foe’s fault bro, I don’t have those genetics.”
“No f*cking chance. No way. Bro, there’s no chance I’m playing until 33."
Many fans expressed their discontent with Kyrgios' decision.
"I like Kyrgios but why all this fame for someone who has not achieved anything special? He is talented but in term of results and career it's barely average."
“There’s about 1000 players out there who’d love to have his average. He pushed himself once and ended up in the Wimbledon final. Has beaten every top player including the big three. His average isn’t like anyone’s.”
Other fans supported Kyrgios:

"People criticizing him wouldn't be able to achieve a fraction of what he has, let the man live his best life.”

“Sounds good Nick! You are a delight to watch when you are at your best, but it’s cringy when you are at your worst. Either way, it’s been a hell of a ride. Hope you can make a good comeback and compete for titles over the next few seasons before you retire.”
After several months away from the ATP tour due to injuries, Kyrgios made his comeback at the Stuttgart Open with a loss to Wu Yibing in his only match of the year so far. His return is anticipated in two weeks at the Masters 1000 Canadian Open.

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