Suddenly announcing his retirement, Nick Kyrgios claims that his “drinking and partying” have left him with the body of a 57-year-old. – Maxsports
May 17, 2024

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Suddenly announcing his retirement, Nick Kyrgios claims that his “drinking and partying” have left him with the body of a 57-year-old.

 

Nick Kyrgios drops retirement bombshell as he says ‘drinking and partying’ has left him with the body of a 57-year-old

  • Aussie has only played one match this year 
  • Injured knee required surgery, rehab work 
  • Has spoken about retiring from tour before 

Nick Kyrgios has insisted he will retire from tennis within the next five years at the latest as his body suffers from the effects of ‘all the drinking and partying’ he’s done in his wild career.

The 28-year-old has only played one match this year after knee surgery ruled him out of the Australian Open and saw him withdraw from Wimbledon at the last minute.

His physical struggles prompted him to make a stunning prediction about his future on Wednesday when he was asked if he’d play well into his 30s like Novak Djokovic.

‘No f**king chance. No way. Bro, there’s no chance I’m playing until 33,’ he said at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in Los Angeles.

A knee injury that required surgery and rehab saw Kyrgios (pictured at practice for Wimbledon in June) restricted to just one match so far this year

A knee injury that required surgery and rehab saw Kyrgios (pictured at practice for Wimbledon in June) restricted to just one match so far this year

The 28-year-old has revealed he'll be out of the sport within the next five years at the latest

The 28-year-old has revealed he’ll be out of the sport within the next five years at the latest

‘Kyrgios playing until 33 is insane. I’m not playing until 33. Nah, I promise you, when I’m gone, you’ll never see me again.’

The Aussie star went on to blame the tennis tour’s heavy workload and his own off-court activities for making him want to quit soon.

‘The schedule is out of control. I’m getting old, I’m getting old. Twenty eight, yeah – but all the drinking and partying, I’m like 57.’

Kyrgios has spoken about retiring from the tour before, revealing he wanted to walk away from the sport as soon as he achieves one of his biggest dreams on the court.

‘Hopefully I can win a [grand] slam and retire,’ he said in December last year, months after losing to Djokovic in the Wimbledon men’s singles final.

‘It seems the better you do, everyone wants a bit more of you and it becomes more stressful.’

He doubled down on those remarks in January this year when he said he ‘100 per cent’ struggles with the dedication needed to play the sport at the highest level.

Kyrgios and girlfriend Costeen Hatzi were photographed leaving a London nightclub at 3am after he lost the Wimbledon men's singles final to Novak Djokovic last year

Kyrgios and girlfriend Costeen Hatzi were photographed leaving a London nightclub at 3am after he lost the Wimbledon men’s singles final to Novak Djokovic last year

‘It’s a lot of training, a lot of work, and I just want to be able to eat whatever I want, drink what I want to drink,’ he explained.

‘It’s a hard lifestyle. The dedication these guys show… I did a bit of that last year to show the world I’m still one of the best.’

The Canberra-born star’s love of a good night out is common knowledge among tennis fans.

In July 2022 he, girlfriend Costeen Hatzi and sister Halimah were photographed leaving a London nightclub at 3am after his loss to Djokovic at the All England Club.

He also left another London club in the early hours of the morning with two glamorous women in 2017, shortly after he withdrew from Wimbledon with a hip injury.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed the London nightlife on more than a few occasions as he competed at Wimbledon

The 28-year-old has enjoyed the London nightlife on more than a few occasions as he competed at Wimbledon

Last year he revealed his agent had to haul him out of a pub at 4am on the morning he lost to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2019.

That same year he had a hilarious moment during a Wimbledon press conference when he recognised one of the reporters from his session at a London bar the night before.

Three minutes into the conference, the journalist said: ‘Nick, you played a great match’.

Kyrgios turned to face her and his eyes lit up. ‘You, you were at the pub last night,’ he said, smiling and pointing at her.

‘You are ruining my reputation,’ she joked.