Nick Kyrgios addresses claims he doesn’t work hard enough and is ‘wasting his talent’ | Tennis | Sport

“Interesting, interesting. I’ve never heard this before. When people say, you know, you’re talented and you haven’t had to work as hard, I look back at my journey and I think I was one of the hardest workers in the academy when we were here in Melbourne,” he replied.

“I was here like five, six hours a day, two sessions, gym, and I felt like I was a harder worker than most of the people in here. I think just obviously what I did off the court didn’t show that, you know, to the fans and you know how I am, you know, in general, I’m very relaxed. I don’t take myself too seriously.”

It’s a label that Kyrgios wants to shed, as he opened up on the messages he received on social media. He added: “So, I think [they think], Oh, he doesn’t work hard. But I feel like when I’m on court, you know, I’m working pretty hard. So, I would like to lose that. I don’t like going around and only people thinking, Oh, he’s just one of the most talented players ever. I still have to deal with it. I go on social media, it’s like, Oh, he’s a waste of talent. It’s like, I don’t want to have that title. But it’s definitely, an interesting way to think about it. I’ve never thought about it that way before.”

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