Nick Kyrgios’ mum makes heartbreaking admission over impact of ‘life-changing’ Nadal win | Tennis | Sport
Nick Kyrgios’ mum made an emotional revelation in Netflix’s new tennis documentary as she admitted she always worried about her son because of what he’d been through after being painted as the sport’s ‘bad boy’. Norlaila Kyrgios spoke about the world No 22’s struggles as Kyrgios himself explained how his breakout win against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon “changed everything”.
Kyrgios is one of the subjects of Netflix’s new Drive to Survive-style tennis documentary Break Point, and gives a candid insight into his life and career in one of the episodes in the first half of the new series. It includes an appearance from his mum Norlaila, who gets honest about her concerns for her son and admits that the 27-year-old became “angry and aggressive” as he attempted to deal with pressures after his breakout at the age of 19.
The seven-time title winner famously upset then-world No 1 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon back in 2014 when he was a 19-year-old wildcard ranked at No 144 in the world, and he recalled the life-changing victory in the documentary. “I worry about him every day, every day. Because he’s gone through some really, really unhappy times,” Norlaila first tells the cameras before Kyrgios himself begins speaking.
“I was 19, I had my breakout at Wimbledon and that was it. My life changed,” the Australian Open doubles champion said. “I went from no one knowing who I was to people camping outside my house. That match changed everything. From that day forth, the expectation for me to be the next big thing was massive.”
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