Nick Kyrgios’ brother Christos has insisted that the dynamic between the on-court player and his box was healthy, saying that they were happy to serve as a “pressure release” for the fiery Australian.
Christos, who was absent from Wimbledon due to his fiancée Alicia giving birth, said that the constant chatter from his brother was to be expected.
“He wouldn’t be our Nick if he wasn’t fiery during the match, and that’s how he plays, that’s how he gets himself up,” Christos said on Nine’s Today.
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“He tries to increase his intensity and whatever else and that’s how he does it, and that’s what we know from him. The fight was there the whole match, the match was incredible.”
While plenty of people took issue with Kyrgios’ ramblings in the middle of the final, his brother said that those in attendance were well aware of their role.
“Early days it’s uncomfortable, but then when you understand – you need a pressure valve, right?” he said.
“And the pressure valve for him is ‘look, these people love me, I’m not saying anything to offend or to abuse them, but I just need to release some of that pressure, deflect a bit of that pressure so I can get back down to focusing on what I’m doing’ and we’ve said to him many times that if that helps you in that moment, if that helps you deal with all the adversity and pressure, then throw some of that.
“We’re not going anywhere.”
Christos had penned an emotional letter to his brother in the lead-up to the Wimbledon final, and said that the developments in both his own personal life and the on-court success of his brother had been tremendous.
“It wasn’t just the final, watching him all week when he’s out on court playing, walking around, talking to spectators and fans – he was happy all week,” he said.
Christos and Alicia were juggling both feeding their baby, George, and watching the final.
The pair welcomed George Onyx Kyrgios at Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane on June 29.
“It’s been the most, I guess, significant couple of weeks for my life,” he said.
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