$18 Million Worth Nick Kyrgios Reveals How His ‘Volatile’ Attitude Made a Huge Dent to His Chances Off-Court – ‘Biggest F**K Up’

Published 10/05/2023, 4:58 AM EDT

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Over the years, Nick Kyrgios has been a central figure when it comes to controversies in tennis. The 26-year-old Australian player, who is currently out of the court for a is known to put up his stark opinions on crucial matters or his aggressive stance on the tennis court which has offered him a nickname, ‘Villain‘. However, while starting to build his legacy as a tennis player, things were not easy for him due to his image.

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In a recent revelation, Nick Kyrgios sheds light on his struggles while starting as a young player in tennis. He reflected on how difficult it was for him to get brand endorsements as compared to other players. Adding to this, he even talked about how he got out of this situation and changed himself.

Nick Kyrgios shares his early struggles with sponsorship

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Nick Kyrgios has had a tumultuous relationship with sponsorships throughout his career. Early on, Kyrgios struggled to secure lucrative deals due to his ‘villain‘ image in the tennis world. Despite delivering high-quality matches, his occasional racket-smashing incidents and language overshadowed his talent.

Kyrgios talked about the challenging period, where sponsors were hesitant to work with his ‘volatile‘ personality. “People were like, ‘This guy’s too volatile,’ and I’m just being myself,” Kyrgios said. These obstacles made it difficult for him to secure the sponsorships and endorsements that other players enjoyed.

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However, as his career progressed, Kyrgios experienced a remarkable transformation. He began to get greater support from fans and sponsors, shedding the ‘villain‘ image and creating a more positive image. Wimbledon, in particular, became a turning point, with fans supporting him despite facing opponents like Novak Djokovic.

“I’m swearing that’s what I’m doing and stuff like that. So but now it’s I feel like I’m definitely more embraced like as you said, like, now I feel like they actually rooting for me to do well a lot of people I feel that a lot when I’m playing now, especially last year Wimbledon like obviously Djokovic was the favorite but I could feel that everyone kind of wanted me to you know, especially me winning at Wimbledon would have been the biggest fuck up to any sort of establishment,” said Kyrgios in the podcast with Mike Tyson.

Thus, when it comes to Nick Kyrgios, the early struggles have definitely been a lot to him. However, with the change in time, he has managed to keep a good image while taking more brand deals.

What are the brands that Nick is currently working with?

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Over the years, Nick Kyrgios has gone ahead to work with some of the best brands in the world. One of them is Nike, the brand that once endorsed the legend Roger Federer. Apart from that, some other brands that he works with are IMG, Yonex, Beats, and Global Sporting Connection.

These are some of the brands that he has worked with. However, despite having a bad image in the tennis world, Nick is a man for his people. He has always been upfront when it comes to charities. He has his own NK Foundation that helps underprivileged children get a chance to grow and make a name for themselves.

Thus, despite being a ‘Villain‘ in tennis, he has always been upfront when it comes to supporting those who are in need. While his early-year struggles are commendable, he has gone ahead to showcase to everyone he is not what everyone thinks of him.

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Watch this story: ‘Don’t Mind Getting A Bit Dirty’ – Aussie Star Nick Kyrgios Explores The ‘Roger Federer’ Connection To Wimbledon And His Nasty Desire To Win

 

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.
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