Nick Kyrgios hit a milestone this summer, reaching his first Grand Slam final before losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.
This may not be the most painful loss for Australia in the summer. Kyrgios is a die-hard Celtics fan, and he constantly wears team memorabilia at his matches. John Werthem from Sports Illustrated Kyrgios asked earlier this summer If his Celtics fan base “has moved on to tennis”.
“I literally throw tennis matches if they lose in double overtime like,” Kyrgios told Wertheim after laughing for a moment. “If someone plays me and they know the Celtics lost, that’s [their] Coincidence. This is definitely your best chance [to beat me]to play with me that day.”
Kyrgios did not provide an example of when he might have thrown a match after the Celtics’ poor loss. but, In an article in Players’ Tribune in 2016wrote how he stayed up until 4 a.m. to watch the Celtics beat the Hawks in a play-off.
“The Celts fought again to force overtime in [Game 4]Kyrgios wrote, and I was walking around the room like a madman. “I think the OT started at 3 a.m. I try not to scream during every possession, so I do that thing where you whisper to yourself like a crazy person.
“Whisper, like:” Make the choice … Come on, my friend. Select the choice! “
Kyrgios also shared that because he’s a Celtics fan abroad, a good internet connection is “a legitimate top five of my life.” One time he didn’t have good internet to watch the Celtics, he came during a painful loss.
“You didn’t live until you tried to stream an NBA playoff game on your phone in China. Crazy day, that’s it,” Kyrgios wrote. “This was again when the Celtics lost to the Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. The internet wasn’t great. The picture was in and out. I was losing the plot. Watching your team lose is one thing, it’s another level of pain when you watch them lose in an elusive stream.
In the same article, Kyrgios wrote that he became a Celtics fan while playing the video game NBA Live in 2006, choosing to play with the team because he thought their tagline “looks cool.” While Boston wasn’t a good team at the time, Kyrgios wrote that he “fell in love” with Paul Pierce and the day the Celtics traded for Kevin Garnett “was probably the happiest day of my life.”
Kyrgios constantly tweets about the Celtics as well, mentioning them in his Twitter bio. He recently gave his opinion on trade rumors about Kevin Durant.
“No,” Kyrgios said when asked if he’d like to see the Celtics trade Jalen Brown for Durant. “I love Jaylen Brown. I love [Jayson] Tatum. I love the whole team. I hope it does not change. I understand the Celtics are the privilege to win now, but I think Jaylen Brown is too valuable to give up. I think he’s one of the best two-way, two-way striker in the league. So, I hope not.”
Kyrgios, seeded 23, holds the US Open, which begins on Monday. He faces fellow Australian Thansi Kokinakis in the first round.
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