Nick Kyrgios’ Purpose In Life Extends Beyond The Tennis Court
After losing to Rafael Nadal in the final of the China Open, Nick Kyrgios believes he has found his true purpose. One that goes beyond his ability within the sport.
The 22-year-old is known for his temperamental behaviour on the court. During Sunday’s final in Beijing, he received a point penalty following a series of disagreements with the umpire. Kyrgios’ ability to control his emotions is something that has troubled him throughout his career. Writing for The Players Voice, the Australian discussed his struggled with homesickness as well as the media.
“Matches like the China Open final against Rafa Nadal haven’t been the issue. I don’t usually struggle for motivation on the big stage, even if the final result wasn’t what I wanted in Beijing.” He wrote.
“It’s the rest of it. The travel, the time away from loved ones, the social media trolls, the battles with the media, the early round matches on the back courts when all you want is to be back in Canberra playing FIFA with your mates. It’s that stuff.”
Despite the antics, the world No.21 remains one of the best young talents on the tour. This season he has recorded four wins over three top-five players and also reached the final of the Cincinnati Open.
Finding his true purpose
It has been a far from smooth road for the controversial player, but he believes that he has found his purpose in the sport. For Kyrgios, it expands beyond the court with his focus being on helping disadvantaged children. The Nick Kyrgios Foundation aims to ‘provide sport facilities to underprivileged and disadvantaged youths.’
“A couple of years ago I had a vision: to build a facility for disadvantaged and underprivileged kids where they could hang out, be safe and feel like they were part of a family. There’d be tennis courts and basketball courts and a gym and an oval to kick the footy. There’d be things to eat and beds to sleep in.” Kyrgios explained.
The proposed facility is set to be built in Melbourne at a yet to be confirmed location. Talks are ongoing for generating investment and support for the project.
Discussing his motivation in tennis, Kyrgios says that he is now playing for underprivileged children. He recounted the time he met a child called Piotr at the Australian Open through the We The People Organisation. Piotr had brain cancer and died a couple months after the two met.
“For the first time, I feel like there is a reason for me to be doing what I’m doing. Tennis is a great life – we’re well paid and the perks are pretty good – but it can feel empty if you’re just doing it for the money.”
Kyrgios’ enthusiasm for his vision is one that inspires. He had already vowed to be hands on in the facility. During the off-season he hopes to drive from Canberra to Melbourne to help ‘camps, shoot hoops, cook and clean-up.’
The future plans appear to be set in stone, but Kyrgios is the first to point out that he has more to learn beforehand. Whether it is controlling his emotions on the court or trying to become more consistent on the tour every week.
“I’m 22 and I’ve got lots left to learn.” Admitted Kyrgios. “All I can tell you is the difference I feel inside now that I know how to channel my career – the money, the publicity, the notoriety – into something meaningful.”
Kyrgios will play Steve Johnson in the first round of the Shanghai Masters later this week.