'Don't wanna play': Nick Kyrgios' 'sad' truth behind tennis reality

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Nick Kyrgios (pictured) during his training.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) has commented how he would much rather play basketball than tennis. (Getty Images)

Aussie tennis maverick Nick Kyrgios has admitted his desire for playing tennis isn't there after responding to comments from former basketball star Corey 'Homicide' Williams.

Williams appeared on Bob and Andy's SEN Radio show when the topic of Kyrgios was brought up.

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Kyrgios has taken time away from the ATP Tour since the Australian Open, which he lost to Dominic Thiem in a five-set thriller.

The Aussie recently signalled his intention to take part in the Mallorca Open, ahead of Wimbledon, which will be his first overseas tournament since the Covid-19 pandemic.

But last week, Kyrgios took time away from training in Canberra to attend an event - which was to celebrate the partnership between Hennesey and the NBA - in Bondi.

Kyrgios was shooting hoops next to basketballers and Williams was seriously impressed.

“Kyrgios got a jump shot,” he said on SEN.

“Put it to you like this, he shoots better than I shot as a pro. I promise you. The weakness in my game was outside shooting, and from what I saw with him playing, he got a jump shot.

“He would catch the ball and shoot, back pedal to half court, then catch the ball in stride — he hit like six, seven in a row. I promise you.

“I was like, ‘You really can hoop!’ Then he left there and went to hoop in the gym. He was like, ‘yo come with us, come to hoop’. I was like, ‘I’m hosting the joint, I can’t go’.

“The joy you see in his face playing, you know he loves the game. It reminded me of me. How much I loved the game when I was playing.”

Krygios admits 'sad' reality of tennis dream

But on Thursday, Kyrgios responded to the interview.

Commenting on the clip of Williams praising his basketball abilities, Kyrgios admitted he would much rather 'hoop'.

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"Man, if you continue listening it’s actually sad hey because you guys are bang on, I just wanna hoop and vibe," he wrote.

"'Homicide' is one of my brothers, cut from the same cloth. I don’t wanna go play tennis lol I do because I got to."

Kyrgios has previously expressed his love for the sport of basketball and how he preferred it over tennis.

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