“Didn’t Feel His Breath”: Nick Kyrgios Got Scared After Jack Sock’s Prank Ahead of ATP Atlanta Open 2021

Published 07/26/2021, 3:08 PM EDT
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – SEPTEMBER 22: Nick Kyrgios playing with Jack Sock of Team World react during there doubles match against Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal of Team Europe on the first day of the Laver Cup on September 22, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Laver Cup consists of six European players competing against their counterparts from the rest of the World. Europe will be captained by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe will captain the Rest of the World team. The event runs from 22-24 September. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

After an unexpected withdrawal from Wimbledon Championships earlier this month, Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios will be back in action at the upcoming ATP Atlanta Open, which starts from 27th of July.


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In his opening-round matchup at Atlanta, Kyrgios will face South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. Alongside the Australian, the likes of Benoit Paire, Taylor Fritz, Jack Sock, and John Isner will also be playing the event.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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Ahead of the tournament, Kyrgios spoke to the media and mentioned his happiness over the fact that the event will be conducted in the presence of crowds.

Nick Kyrgios was happy to have crowds back at Atlanta Open

You know, I came off the practice court and there was 50 fans waiting for me to come off the court, just to take a picture or sign a ball“, the Australian said.

Kyrgios, who clearly mentioned several times that he plays the sport only to entertain people that paid to watch him perform. While this attitude on-court doesn’t give him tour titles, it did give him numerous fans over the years.

Even at the recently-concluded Wimbledon Championships, the Australian did enthrall the crowd on court-1 during his first round matchup against the Frenchman Ugo Humbert.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios acknowledges the spectators after losing his match by a walkover as he sustained an injury REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Despite an injury forced withdrawal from SW19 against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third round, Kyrgios received wide applause from live audience on-court.

Coming to the Atlanta Open, the Australian decided to play doubles with the American player, Jack Sock. The American, who bounced back to good form by winning the Hall of Fame Open recently, will also be playing the singles event at Atlanta.

Jack Sock scares Kyrgios during media interaction at ATP Atlanta Open

Both Kyrgios and Sock are good friends off the court. When the Aussie was giving his interview, Sock scared his doubles partner.

Oh, Jesus Christ!! Holy ****……I got so scared just then. He got so close to my ear. I didn’t feel his breath” screamed Kyrgios after that little prank from his friend/partner.


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With two energetic players coming together on-court after a long gap, all eyes will be on this American-Aussie pair as they are all set to entertain the fans with high-octane tennis.

Sock and Kyrgios will play their first-round doubles match against Divij Sharan(India) and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi(Pakistan).


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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.