Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon 2022

Nick Kyrgios admits he ‘sometimes hates tennis’ ahead of Wimbledon final

Nick Kyrgios says he ‘sometimes hates tennis,’ but he believes his love of competing always makes him dangerous.

Kyrgios is one of the most fascinating characters in the sport, but he is also one of the most naturally talented.

That combination has made him one of tennis’ biggest box office draws, and he is set to take that to a new level when he plays his first major final at Wimbledon on Sunday.

He gave an intriguing insight into his character on Friday, as he opened up about his motivations and struggles to focus on his tennis.

“I don’t know if it’s going to change,” Kyrgios admitted.

“There’s definitely times where I hate the sport, but there are times where I think I’m one of the most competitive people I’ve ever met.

“I’ve met a lot of people and whether it’s playing my Nintendo, whether it’s playing basketball, whether it’s anything, I’m so competitive,” Kyrgios said.

“So I feel like I love tennis, but I just love competing. I just love going up against someone and I love just the winning and losing aspect of sport in general. So I don’t know if that will ever change.”

Many top analysts believed the opportunity to win a major would never come for Nick Kyrgios, and he says he shared that view. He is, however, grateful they were all proven wrong.

“The one thing is for sure, whether I win or lose on Sunday, I’m going to be happy because it’s just such a great achievement that I thought I’d never be a part of, especially at 27,” he said.

“Like, for me, I thought it was the latest stage of my career, but I just never thought it would be right here that I have a chance.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.