Nick Kyrgios understands the struggles of the media but says its coverage of his every move is “all rubbish”.
Appearing on the Elliot Loney Podcast last week, Kyrgios was asked what advice he’d give to the media who he regularly goes to war with.
The world No.40 sympathised with the industry but also questioned its standards.
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“That’s their job. They’ve got real world problems as well. They’re probably just trying to put food on their tables for their families, so I’m not going to beat them up about it,” Kyrgios said.
“I understand everyone is just trying to make some money. It’s not even about what right anymore, it’s who’s first.
“The article could be like ‘Kyrgios walking on the ground’ and the media would try to spin that. And people will be like, ‘maybe he is walking a bit too hard on the cement’.
“People will believe anything these days. It’s all rubbish.”
Kyrgios said he’s also aware of the influence his job brings, saying: “I could go to Twitter right now… And the world we live in and where I’m at in my tennis world, I would have the power to cause an absolute uproar.
“I could say something so controversial right now on this screen and things would just go mental.”
Kyrgios was also refreshingly honest about winning Grand Slams, saying that pursuit “doesn’t excite” him and he’s just enjoying his freedom.
“I’m OK with me making a fourth round and messaging you guys and saying, ‘Hey what are we doing tonight? Let’s have some fun,’” Kyrgios said.
“I’d much prefer that. That’s special, I think. I’ve just reached the ultimate freedom.”