sport news Nick Kyrgios says he puts LESS pressure on his game now after storming into ...

sport news Nick Kyrgios says he puts LESS pressure on his game now after storming into ...
sport news Nick Kyrgios says he puts LESS pressure on his game now after storming into ...

Like all of us, Nick Kyrgios has had a lot of time to think over the last 18 months. He has been thinking about who he is, what makes him happy, and where is his place in the tennis world.

And on Thursday night, after a performance of effortless power and charisma in a straight-sets defeat of Italy's Gianluca Mager, he was ready to tell us all about it.

'I feel like the public and the crowds have really embraced me and really enjoyed me being back,' he said. 'I feel like I've got a lot to offer for this tournament.

Nick Kyrgios stormed into the third round of Wimbledon after victory over Gianluca Mager

Nick Kyrgios stormed into the third round of Wimbledon after victory over Gianluca Mager

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'I just don't put as much pressure on myself any more. When I was younger, it was hard to deal with all the criticism. "He should be doing this, he should be achieving this. He's not doing this."

'It beat me down to a point of very bad depression. Like, I wasn't even coming to Wimbledon and enjoying myself. I was not embracing this amazing event. Now I just enjoy it when I'm out there. I breathe in the fresh air. I don't take anything for granted.

'I'm comfortable. It's Wimbledon. People love Wimbledon. I love Wimbledon. I love seeing the crowd. Just the smell of it. I just don't put that much pressure on myself any more. I'm OK with that. I'm OK with not winning Slams. I know that's going to make a lot of people angry. "He should be doing this..." But I shouldn't. It's not your life, it's mine. I'm OK with just enjoying myself, putting on a show.

'Not everyone can be a Federer or Djokovic. These are once-in-a-decade athletes that inspire millions of people. They're just gods.

The charismatic Australian admitted after his victory that he wants to put on a show for fans

The charismatic Australian admitted after his victory that he wants to put on a show for fans

'You have to have some people, I believe, that are relatable, that can bring other fans to watch. I feel like I'm one of those people. Not everyone can be a Federer, a Djokovic or a Nadal. I'm Nick Kyrgios. I know who I am.'

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