Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios bares his soul after loss to Andy Murray

During something that sounded more like a therapy session than a post-match news conference, Nick Kyrgios bared his soul a bit after losing to Andy Murray at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios derided his own performance in a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 defeat Monday against the 2013 champion. He said, as he has before, that he doesn’t love tennis. He acknowledged that he isn’t doing all he can to become the best player possible _ and he’s not so sure he wants to fix that. He said he enjoys the freedom of not having a coach. “One week, I’m pretty motivated to train and play. I’m really looking forward to getting out there,” the 21-year-old Australian said. “One week, I’ll just not do anything. I don’t really know a coach out there that would be pretty down for that one.” Kyrgios, seeded 15th and the youngest man to make it to the fourth round at the All England Club this year, is considered one of the top up-and-coming players in tennis. He’s immensely talented, that much is clear to everyone. He has beaten the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He’ll thrill a crowd one moment with a between-the-legs shot _ and rile up critics the next by saying something crude. Entering Monday, Kyrgios’ match against his pal Murray was considered one to watch. But it fizzled pretty quickly, especially after Murray hit a cross-court forehand passing shot on the run that Kyrgios volleyed into the net to get broken and drop the opening set. “It was a good first set. The rest of the match was pretty pathetic,” Kyrgios said. “As soon as I lost the first set,” he added a moment later, “I just lost belief.” Continuing that theme, Kyrgios said: “When things get tough, I’m just a little bit soft. I mean, I’ve got experience, but it ultimately comes down to just laying it all out there and competing for a long time. I didn’t do that today at all.” He said he isn’t sure what might increase his drive to succeed. And then, as if to provide a concrete example of where things stand for him, he explained how he got ready to face the No. 2-seeded Murray on Centre Court. “To be honest, I woke up this morning and played computer games,” Kyrgios said. “Is that the greatest preparation? I don’t know.

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