'Since when is that a smart idea?': TV host grills Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios has opened up with a number of honest answers after being grilled by Tennis Channel commentator Brett Haber at the Miami Open.

The Aussie took out an entertaining exhibition-style win over Alexander Bublik to reach the third round.

Afterwards, he joined the desk in what turned out to be an interrogation of sorts.

“How’s your knee? I know you’ve spent a lot of time since Australia rehabbing that knee. Give us the latest,” asked Haber.

The interview was only ever going to be as good as Kyrgios’s answers, but he delivered.

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“It’s feeling good now. I think I had to lay off the basketball a little bit. I was playing a lot of basketball in the pre-season,” he said.

Haber jumped in immediately: “Since when is that a smart idea, for a guy who makes his living making sure his legs are ok, to go play hoop like that?”

Kyrgios, who won the Acapulco title last month with wins over Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev while riding jet skis between matches, wasn’t feeling attacked.

“That’s the question about my career right now, whether I’m willing to do the best for it,” he said with a laugh.

“I went to Dallas, trained with Michael Johnson at the academy, got some treatment on my knee – and I stopped playing basketball completely. Now it’s feeling good.”

Brett Haber grilled Nick Kyrgios, who opened up with honest answers. Pic: Tennis Channel

Well aware of Kyrgios’s nature, Haber didn’t stop there.

“I was joking when I said what’s the deal playing basketball because that’s not a great idea … I find the most disarming thing about you is you’re completely self-aware,” he began.

“You’re not in denial, you don’t try to pretend that x is y or a is z. You know who you are, you own who you are. Are you enjoying this process even though to us at times you don’t always?”

Kyrgios said: “For sure. I dealt with a lot of things the last couple of years off the court that put me in a lot of dark places.

“I think I’m responding well, I’m just trying to find myself every day. I definitely know I’ve got a lot of things to work on. I’ve got to work harder, I’ve got to work on my game.

“Maybe that does involve getting a coach, maybe stop playing basketball at ridiculous hours. I’m just having fun with it. At the end of the day we’re just entertainers, we’re trying to put on a good show.”

The world No.35 was also quizzed over his future in the game.

After spending some time in the commentary box during the Australian Open, could he find himself there after retiring?

Yes, in fact, in part because of what his unique coaching situation has done for his tennis brain.

“I think my knowledge about the game is actually very high,” he said.

“I coach myself so I feel like tactically I know what people’s weaknesses are. And how they are off the court, I feel like it’s a different insight.

“I spend time with these people in the locker rooms as well so I think it’s good, maybe make a little bit of coin off the court.”

Kyrgios, who turns 24 next month, said travel remains the toughest part of tennis but the positives outweighs the negatives.

“This sport’s given the opportunity to some extraordinary things,” he said.

“I have my own foundation back home in Melbourne for disadvantaged kids to live and feel like they have a bit of a family.

“So this has created some unbelievable friendships, and I’ve had some very, very fond memories. I understand that I’m very blessed.”