“Worse Situation Than I Thought”- Pat Cash on Nick Kyrgios Being Called the ‘Voice of Reason’

Published 12/20/2020, 11:34 PM EST
Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)


One of the tennis greats of the 80s, the Australian Pat Cash, is remembered for his celebration after winning the 1987 Wimbledon Championships.

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Following that, many players took it as a tradition to climb into the crowds after winning at Wimbledon. During a recent interview, the Australian talked about his compatriot Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios is infamous for his on-court misconduct and has set an ATP record for paying a $113,000 fine at the 2019 Cincinnati Masters.

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However, the 25 years-old Australian turned the tides in 2020 as he repeatedly took a stand for social distancing. He even took upon the responsibility of helping his community in times of need.

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Considered as one of the brightest stars in the sport, Kyrgios’ overall image remains blurry. As a result, former World No. 4 does not approve of Nick being called ‘the voice of reason’. Instead, he responded with a straightforward answer.

“I know Nick. But I pay very little attention to what he has to say. If Nick Kyrgios gives us advice on how to behave, then we’re in a worse situation than I thought.”

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on during his Men’s Singles fourth-round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

2020 has been a reality check for many, including the current World No. 45. Earlier, he had suggested that he might not continue his career in tennis, but now, he aims to play for a greater cause.

Notably, Kyrgios has all the skills required to be a great tennis player, he only lacks the determination behind success.

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on during in his fourth-round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

The 2-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist will mark his return at the opening major tournament of the season. Before that, Kyrgios will grace the ever-affluent ATP Cup where he will represent Australia in Melbourne Park.

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The Australian led his country to the semi-finals of the 2020 ATP Cup falling short against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets.

Nevertheless, he will more be cheered than anybody at the 2 great tournaments in his home. The Australian will certainly aim to pour his potential at the 2021 Australian Open. But only time will tell if Kyrgios has finally hatched his hook on discipline and determination.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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