Grief over grand­mother’s death has stopped me in my tracks, says Kyr­gios

Evening Express (City Final) - - Sport -

NICK Kyr­gios ad­mits he has not fully com­mit­ted to his ca­reer since the death of his grand­mother two years ago.

The Aus­tralian, who is ranked 20th in the world, suf­fered another early grand slam exit at the US Open last month and has en­dured nu­mer­ous peaks and troughs through­out a tem­pes­tu­ous ca­reer in top-level ten­nis. Kyr­gios, pic­tured, said his de­sire to lead “a nor­mal life” is in con­flict with his hunger to win tour matches, but re­jected com­par­isons with another dis­af­fected Aus­tralian player, Bernard Tomic.

“My grand­mother, Ju­lianah Fos­ter, passed away two years ago. I didn’t get to spend the time with her I wanted to and ten­nis was the rea­son for that. It kept me away from her. It’s some­thing that still gnaws away at me,” he said.

“If I’m hon­est, I’d say I haven’t com­mit­ted to ten­nis the way the game needs me to since she died. “There is a con­stant tug-of-war be­tween the com­peti­tor within me want­ing to win, and the hu­man in me want­ing to live a nor­mal life with my fam­ily away from the public glare.” Kyr­gios, who was elim­i­nated in the first round at Wim­ble­don but won a Masters 1000 se­ries ti­tle in Cincinnati prior to his US Open dis­ap­point­ment, in­sists there is no com­par­i­son be­tween him and Tomic, who ad­mit­ted to feel­ing “bored” dur­ing his de­feat to Mis­cha Zverev in straight sets at Wim­ble­don. “(Tomic) has lost his way,” Kyr­gios said. “He needs to fig­ure out what he wants to do. I can’t re­late to any­thing he says any more. He con­tra­dicts him­self all the time.

“He says ten­nis doesn’t make him happy, that he doesn’t re­ally like the game, yet he says the only thing that will re­ally make him happy is win­ning a grand slam. It doesn’t make sense at all.”

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