'I think I've found my purpose' - Nick Kyrgios reveals charity aim inspired by cancer victim
Nick Kyrgios has revealed a new-found 'purpose’ to his tennis career.
The Australian, who has had notable clashes with authority over recent years which have resulted in him being fined for audible obscenities, racket smashing and unsportsmanlike conduct, insists he has struggled to focus for the minor events in which he plays.
But now the 22-year-old believes he has a focal point that will help keep him motivated.
Nick Kyrgios of team World reacts during the match.Reuters
“You’ve no doubt noticed that I’m not all that good at hiding the fact I’d rather be somewhere else a lot of the time,” writes Kyrgios. “So, what have I been doing it for?
“You hear people talk about being motivated for their kids, or a cause, or something more than just themselves. It’s inspiration, pure and simple, and it gives them focus when times are tough. There’s a reason underpinning everything. It’s a higher purpose than just collecting a pay cheque.
“I haven’t had that and I’ve always been envious of those who did.
" I think I’ve found my purpose in the last couple of months."
Kyrgios then reveals he is hoping to build a facility in Melbourne for underprivileged children where they can ‘hang out, be safe and feel like there were part of a family’ as part of the NK Foundation. The plan came into focus after having a knockabout on court with a little boy with cancer before a match at the Australian Open this year.
“I remember Piotr with happiness and sadness,” adds Kyrgios. “He was a little guy with terminal brain cancer. The We The People organisation put us in touch.
“I had a hit-up with Piotr instead of a practice session before my match at the Australian Open this year.
" Piotr said it was one of the best days of his life but, honestly, I’m not sure which of us had the better day! It was awesome."
“Piotr passed away a few months later. I will never forget him.”