Nick Kyrgios Explains How His Kobe Bryant Tattoo Keeps Him Inspired on Tennis Court




Nick Kyrgios has forever been a Los Angeles Lakers fan. But his true fandom came to the notice when the world lost Kobe Bryant to a tragic accident and Nick emerged from the Rod Laver Arena tunnel wearing Kobe’s #8 jersey. That was him during the 4th Round Aus Open loss against Rafael Nadal, and since then, he has changed a lot. 

The bad boy of Tennis, Nick, is currently playing the Murray River Open as a warmup before the AO 2021. His most recent victory came in the Round of 32 when he defeated Harry Bourchier in straight sets. 

Nick Kyrgios revealed something about his changed self

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)

There has never been a question on the caliber of this 25-YO sensation. He has every potential to beat the Big Three and win a grand slam only if he can channelize his emotions and bring forth the best in him. However, in the past few years, he has been everything but calm.

But post the pandemic, things seem to have made him a calmer version of himself. In the post-game interview, the right-handed player gave credit to late Kobe Bryant for this change in his psychological status. He exclaimed, “I have a tattoo (Kobe’s) over my arm. So, when I look down obviously it brings me back, memories of how he would have competed, how he would have been remembered. But, it’s made me, I definitely feel when I’m on court I feel like I’ve been around the tour for a while now, I feel I’m not getting as angry as I used to, I just feel as if I know what style of Tennis I need to be playing to win matches.”

If it is the Mamba Mentality that Nick Kyrgios was addressing, he is surely on the right path. He could not make it into the ATP Cup roster for Australia, but the Murray River Open is still an opportunity to show character.

That moment when he almost lost his cool

The Aussie star is playing in a tournament after almost a year, and grit has been commendable so far. At one point in the second set, the score was tied 6-6 in the tie-break. That’s when Bourchier enjoyed a moment of luck when his shot hit the tape and turned into an unplayable winner. That awarded Bourchier a set-point, but it was Nick’s calmness that got him the victory. He further added, “Obviously, I’m frustrated, but I could’ve got angry today when he got the net tape to bring up the set point. I just stayed composed, and that’s the way it is.”

The 13th seed will next play the fourth seed Borna Coric in the round of 16. Who do you think will post a win? Help us know in the comments.

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