Nick Kyrgios is 'finally appreciating where he is,' according to his mother, and she believes that is the key reason for his upturn in fortune.
Kyrgios will play his first Grand Slam singles final this weekend at Wimbledon after Rafael Nadal withdrew from their semi with an abdominal injury.
It is some turnaround for a player who, by his own admission, was considering walking away from tennis completely this time last last year as he struggled with his mental health.
The Sydney Morning Herald caught up with Kyrgios' mother Norlaila to try to unlock the enigma of the 27-year-old, and she gave a fascinating insight into his past.
“He’s finally appreciating where he is, that’s the best thing about all this,” she said.
“Beforehand it was so hard for us to get him to do anything. He was happy to sit in his room and play video games all the time. His shoulder would hurt him from how much he would play.
“In Beijing we wanted him to walk the Great Wall of China with us. Who wouldn’t, right? But Nick wouldn’t go. He was happy to sit in his room and order in, that’s what worried me.
“I remember in Canada we said, ‘Let’s go to Niagara Falls’. He wouldn’t even go there. Nick wouldn’t want to do those things. Wow, there’s such a difference now,” she added to the newspaper.
“I see it on his (Instagram) stories. Since the Australian Open this year (in January), he has started doing some things.
“Because he now understands that life doesn’t revolve around tennis. No one expects him to be like that. You have to enjoy your life. I’m really happy he is now.”
Nick Kyrgios will play either Cameron Norrie or Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.
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