Nick Kyrgios' heartbreaking personal reveal on eve of US Open

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Nick Kyrgios with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi, pictured here in New York ahead of the US Open.
Nick Kyrgios with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi in New York ahead of the US Open. Image: Getty/Instagram

Nick Kyrgios has opened up further on his family heartache ahead of the US Open, saying he can't return home quick enough to see his loved ones and sick mother.

The Wimbledon runner-up will kick off his US Open campaign on centre court against Thanasi Kokkinakis on Monday night in New York (11am Tuesday AEST).

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However the Aussie star has made the sad admission that he's longing to return home to Australia to see his sick parents and newborn nephew.

Kyrgios said it will be a 'win-win' situation even if he loses to Kokkinakis because it means he gets to go home early.

"Whether or not I win or lose, it's going to be the same for me. If I lose, I get to go home. If I win, it's more money and another great result," he said on Saturday.

"There's so much been going on at home. My brother's had a baby, my mum's sick. It's just hard to be away.

"It's definitely weighing on me every day longer that I'm on the road.

"I just want to go home but I know there's an important event here so I've just got to put it to the side."

Kyrgios hasn't seen the majority of his family in four months, a particularly heartbreaking fact given his mother's ailing health.

Speaking before the Wimbledon final, Nill Kyrgios told the Sydney Morning Herald: "My kidneys are reaching very close to the end of their life".

She revealed she'd been booked in to get a kidney from her husband and hoped it would be compatible.

After his stunning victory over Daniil Medvedev at the Canadian Open earlier this month, Kyrgios wrote on a courtside camera lens: "Be strong Ma".

Nick Kyrgios longing to return home to Australia

With 16 wins from his past 19 singles matches and a historic singles-doubles title triumph in Washington earlier this month, Kyrgios will head into the US Open as one of the favourites.

But the mercurial Aussie said on Saturday: "A big part of me just wants the US Open to be over so I can go home".

"It's brutal not being able to have the normality of your own bed or your own family for so long and then you have to deal with all this," he said.

"The media, the fans, the training, the matches, the pressure, especially on my spectrum as well. It's not normal.

"So it's hard. It's really hard so I'm definitely feeling very exhausted. Just after Wimbledon, I didn't even have time to enjoy it.

"I went straight to Atlanta. I won the (doubles) tournament there and didn't get to enjoy it. Then straight to Washington. I won there. Montreal. It was a shit show, to be honest.

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, pictured here after their doubles triumph at the Atlanta Open.
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis celebrate after their doubles triumph at the Atlanta Open. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

"Everyone gets to go home on the tour. They get to take a cheeky little flight back home to reset.

"There's just no other type of tennis player really understands that (homesickness) apart from the Australians."

Kyrgios said it it was extra tough to have to face great mate and doubles partner Kokkinakis in the first round.

"I wouldn't mind if it was the third, fourth or quarter-finals stage," he said.

"But I feel like it's a great section of the draw so whichever one of us advances has a great opportunity to capitalise.

"I feel like both of us could have had good results but, in a way, it's a blessing - centre court at Ashe, the nerves will be there but they'll settle quite quickly because we are playing each other."

The 'Special Ks' have never played each other in the pro ranks, but Kyrgios won both his junior battles with Kokkinakis - including in the boys' final at the Australian Open in 2013.

After their singles clash they will once again team up in the doubles, chasing a third title of the year after winning at the Australian Open and Atlanta Open.

with AAP

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