Tennis' new documentary on Netflix has already been a talking point in the lead up to the Australian Open and with one episode focusing on Nick Kyrgios some fans got more than they bargained for in the feature. Break Point was released on Friday with the first episode going behind the scenes of Kyrgios' 2022 Australian Open campaign.
Kyrgios was able to lift his first doubles grand slam trophy last year when he teamed up with Thanasi Kokkinakis for glory. However, following their epic semi-final victory against the No.3 seeds, Kyrgios was pulled aside for a random drug test.
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Cameras didn't follow Kyrgios into the bathroom for privacy reasons, but his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi was left waiting outside for him.
“They're just doing a urine test,” Hatzi said on camera. “He’s like 30ml under, so he has to keep drinking water.” Kyrgios is then seen FaceTiming Hatzi during the ordeal as he admits he is drinking more fluids.
“You need to just scull the water,” Hatzi tells him. However, Kyrgios then surprises Hatzi as he flips the camera and shows her the urine sample.
Hatzi clearly wasn't prepared for the image and replied with disgust: “Ew, don’t show me the pee!” Hatzi then jokes: “Yeah, he definitely needs to drink more water, because it wasn’t looking too good.”
The episode follows Kyrgios as the Australian opens up about his mindset on tour and how he decided to start focusing on the sport more in 2022 after he let go of the pressure surrounding his career.
“For my mental health, I could never be one of those players again that plays all year round. I couldn’t do that. I value my family, my close, close friends and Cossie too much to put tennis in front of that any more. I don’t think that’s healthy.
“I don’t really have expectations now in my matches any more. I just want to go out there, have fun, take the pressure off, and then we can try and live a more normal life. It’s much better like this, that’s for sure.”
Nick Kyrgios packs out Rod Laver Arena
Ahead of the Australian Open, Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic sold out Rod Laver Area as they played in a charity match.
While the match was played in good spirits, both Kyrgios and Djokovic headed into the warm-up under injury clouds. However the nine-time Australian Open winner showed no signs of the hamstring issue that has troubled him this month and repeatedly played up to the crowd during the light-hearted hit-out for charity.
Kyrgios pulled out of the recent United Cup and Adelaide International tournaments with knee and ankle complaints and has not played a serious match since late last year.
But Australia's top-ranked player - the host nation's best shot at another Open crown after Ash Barty's drought-breaking victory last year - moved well against Djokovic in a positive sign for his hopes of going deep into the second week.
Djokovic, who beat Kyrgios in last year's Wimbledon final and is on a quarter-final collision course with the local firebrand in Melbourne, was full of praise for the 19th seed, who takes on World No.98 Roman Safiullin in the first round.
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