Nick Kyrgios takes sly dig at tennis rivals in attempt to revamp the sport

Kyrgios has proved to be must-watch TV over the past few years due to his personality on the tennis court.

That can often blow over into tantrums at umpires or even the crowd at times, but those moments have reduced as he’s matured.

Now, attention has switched to the raw talent the 24-year-old possesses as well as his entertaining demeanour on the court.

That came together at the Citi Open two weeks ago as he defeated both Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev to win his sixth ATP career title.

The Australian has helped breathe new life into the sport with his antics but over the past few weeks he has also looked more focussed than ever to deliver on the court as well as off it.

Still, Kyrgios admits he won’t change his personality to fit a certain stigma.

Instead, he wants to see more players embracing their personality in the media to help increase the interest in the sport.

“I think people are so concerned about keeping fans in the game,” he said.

“But I personally believe it’s about bringing in a whole new different fan base to the game.

“I think you look at the American sports like NBA, NFL, I mean, so exciting.

“I think they do it the right way, and I’m just trying to bring new fans to the sport.

“That’s one of my goals, actually, and I really want, you know, tennis to grow.

“I think there is so much potential for it to grow.

“I look at all the young players coming up, Tsitsipas, Felix, these guys, they all have different personalities.

“I think if the higher-up people in tennis market them the right way and we play the entertaining tennis we do, I think tennis can become pretty cool.”

Kyrgios is in action once again this week at the Cincinnati Masters and got his tournament off to a flying start with a win over Lorenzo Sonego.

But he faces a tough second round match against No 8 seed Karen Khachanov on Wednesday with a potential quarter-final match up against Novak Djokovic awaiting him.

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