Kyrgios: ‘There is more to life than being a professional athlete’

By | February 6, 2021

He might be Australia’s rising star on the world tennis stage but when he’s off the court, Nick Kyrgios is a fan of spending his time mastering games of the digital variety.

“I’m a pretty big gamer and when I’m on the road I like to relax by playing in my hotel room to all hours of the night,” the 25-year-old says.

“I love it but I probably need to value my sleep a bit more, especially before a big game.”

Kyrgios is well aware that gaming isn’t exactly giving him the same kind of cardio workout as the game he’s become world famous for — and for the Australian Open tournament he’s about to set out to conquer — but says it’s a good way for him to wind down and forget the stresses of the world stage.

“I know it’s not the healthiest activity but I find it a great way to tune out and have a laugh with friends,” he tells Health Hacker.

Besides catching up on more sleep, Kyrgios is hoping life returns to a more familiar pattern in 2021.

With the world of tennis still in disarray, and global tournaments still up in the air, the tennis ace is holding for a return to some sort of normality.

“Hopefully life will get back to normal,” he says.

“Last year was a difficult year in a lot of ways for so many people but I learned a lot about myself and really gained an appreciation for what is important, which was really valuable.”

And when it comes to exactly what is important for the Canberra born-and-bred tennis ace, he says he’s discovered that there’s no place like home.

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“I realised how important family and friends are to your health,” he says.

“I know it sounds like I’m stating the obvious, but I have been on the road for such a long time from a very young age. This year really made me appreciate how important my family and friends are and how much I love being home in Canberra.”

NICK KYRGIOS ON …

Diet

“Home cooking is my preferred diet. My mother always has the freshest food and some of

the best vegan dishes I’ve had. I love coconut water, fresh pesto pasta, and chilli oil is a must.”

Exercise

“I love playing basketball. Whenever I get a spare minute I’ll grab a ball and shoot around.”

Life advice

“I just try to surround myself with good people, show humility and realise there is more to life than being a professional athlete.”

Mindfulness

“I have two dogs at home – Quincy and King. They always put a smile on my face and make me realise how important the simple things in life are.”

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