Nick Kyrgios reflected on one of his rare early losses in 2022 during Netflix’s new tennis documentary series, and confessed that he did “lose his s***” during matches. The world No 21 has a reputation for his outbursts during competition but explained exactly why he “crossed the line” at times while looking back on last year’s Australian Open second-round loss to Daniil Medvedev.
Kyrgios enjoyed the best season of his career last year, reaching the Wimbledon final and winning a seventh career singles title in Washington as well as a Grand Slam in men’s doubles at the Australian Open. The 27-year-old had deep runs in almost every event he played last year but had a tough start to 2022 when he drew Medvedev early on at his home tournament, losing to the eventual-finalist in the second round.
The world No 8 got the only win of his career over the seven-time title winner in Melbourne Park, downing him 7-6(1) 4-6 6-4 6-2 in a match featuring in Netflix’s new Drive to Survive-style tennis documentary Break Point, which chronicles Kyrgios’ two singles matches and his run to the men’s doubles title in the first episode titled ‘The Maverick’.
Kyrgios is seen receiving a code violation and complaining to the umpire after someone shouts out from the crowd, and the Aussie later explains his outburst. “I lose my s*** because of little things happening out there,” he confessed. “I’ve just got such a short fuse, it’s almost like a habit.”
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“Sometimes I do cross the line. That’s just my passion, that’s my emotion. Millions of people watching you and you’re not playing your best, would you not be frustrated and angry? I have to let it out, out there.”
Kyrgios went on to face Medvedev twice more in 2022 and beat him on both occasions, when the Russian was ranked at No 1 in the world. The pair met in what was Medvedev’s opening match at the Montreal Masters where the Aussie came from behind to win 6-7(2) 6-4 6-2, and a couple of weeks later he knocked the then-defending champion out of the US Open 7-6(11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the fourth round.
The first part of Break Point will be released on Netflix on January 13. The following five episodes will be released in June ahead of Wimbledon.