Nick Kyrgios says he has received a lot of hate during his career and it makes him much more reluctant to lengthen his time in the sport.
Kyrgios revealed this week that he receives regular online abuse, often racially motivated, on social media and said it has taken a lot of resilience and maturity to try to overcome it.
The Australian says that the abuse isn’t a recent thing, and that it has followed him throughout his career, admitting that it might have something to do with his attitude to playing.
The 26-year old also thinks it’s one of the reasons that he can’t see himself playing into his thirties like the big three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“I don’t think they (the big three) dealt with such, especially earlier on, such hate in their career,” said Kyrgios.
“Which for me, I wouldn’t say has driven me out of the game, but it’s definitely put a massive chip on my shoulder from an early stage in my career.”
The Australian went on to say that his original plan was to retire around 28, which is only in two years time, and he definitely can’t see himself extending his career very long.
“I’m not saying I’m going to retire soon. I’m just saying, I feel as if I’ve been on tour for a long time. I’ve experienced a lot of things.
“For me, I set a goal when I was younger, I didn’t want to play past 28, 29. Like, these are the best parts, the best years of my life. I want to spend it with my family, my partner, my friends,” said Kyrgios.
“I feel like I have earned the right, and I’ve worked hard to have this freedom to do whatever I want after. Do you know what I mean? I’ve worked hard.
“So whether or not that’s — you never know, I might come back at 33, get a wild card, who knows. But I’m just saying, I can’t see myself playing as long as those guys.”
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