Nick Kyrgios' mum has opened up about what it's like sitting in his player's box and revealed why she can never watch his matches - even when she's not in attendance.
Speaking to the Today Show on Tuesday morning in the wake of her son's remarkable run to the Wimbledon final, Nill Kyrgios said she didn't even watch Nick's clash with Novak Djokovic because she gets too nervous.
“I actually didn’t watch the game,” she told the Nine Network. “I haven’t watched any of his games.
“I had a very good sleep … I actually watched him go on court. I love that, you know, watching him walking through Wimbledon, just that atmosphere. I love watching him walk on to the court and just see the reaction of the spectators.
“I watched it until I think when they started warming up and I said, ‘Good luck’ and I went to bed.”
Kyrgios copped a serve from Aussie tennis great Rennae Stubbs during the final after he berated his entourage for their lack of encouragement.
“Say something!” he yelled at one point. “It’s 0-40. God damn! It’s 0-40!”
Stubbs tweeted: “Honestly, this behaviour of yelling at your box because they aren’t doing what you want, is actually beyond ridiculous.
“THEY CAN’T READ YOUR MIND! Yes this is his way of dealing with pressure, I get it but this is straight up constant abuse to people that love you, it’s embarrassing.”
Honestly, this behavior of yelling at your box because they aren't doing what u want, is actually beyond ridiculous. THEY CANT READ YOUR MIND! Yes this is his way of dealing with pressure, I get it but this is straight up constant abuse to people that love you, its embarrassing
— Rennae Stubbs OLY (@rennaestubbs) July 10, 2022
Discussing what it's like to sit in her son's box during a match, Nill said cheekily: “You don’t want to be in his box.
"You really don’t, because you really don’t know when to stand and when to clap and when to shout.
“We have been there, and it is not a good experience.”
Nick Kyrgios' brother reveals reason for outbursts
Kyrgios' father Giorgos and sister Halimah sat in his box throughout the two weeks at Wimbledon, along with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi.
However Nill chose to stay at home in Australia with Kyrgios' brother Christos.
“He wouldn’t be our Nick if he wasn’t fiery during the match, and that’s how he plays, that’s how he gets himself up,” Christos said.
“He tries to increase his intensity and whatever else and that’s how he does it, and that’s what we know from him. The fight was there the whole match, the match was incredible.
“You need a pressure valve, right? And the pressure valve for him is, ‘Look, these people love me, I’m not saying anything to offend or to abuse them, but I just need to release some of that pressure, deflect a bit of that pressure so I can get back down to focusing on what I’m doing’.
“We have said to him many times, ‘If you need to, if that help you in that moment, if it helps you deal with the adversity and the pressure, throw some our way. We’re not going anywhere. We are here for you, if it makes it easier for you’.”
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald last week, Nill elaborated on the anxiety she feels when she watches Nick play.
“I haven’t watched him play for a while, actually," she said.
"I can’t expose myself to that anxiety. I go into a really strange panic. Over the years, I’ve been through a lot.
“It actually got to a stage where I sought help. I was seeing a psychologist for six months. I was not in a good place. My anxiety level watching Nick was so high.”
Nill is also battling issues with her kidneys and is booked in for an operation to receive one from her husband.
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