Nick Kyrgios hasn’t even looked at Netflix Doco – as he names stars to take on Nadal, Djokovic

Nick Kyrgios reveals why he hasn’t even watched Netflix’s break point doco despite being one of its biggest stars – as he names new big three for Rafa, Djokovic and Federer to take on

  • Kyrgios makes tons of headlines in the first five episodes of the fly-on-the-wall show
  • But despite being one of the program’s biggest draws, he hasn’t seen it
  • Aussie has named a trio who can take on three of the game’s icons

Australian tennis ace Nick Kyrgios has explained why he hasn’t even watched Netflix’s Break Point – despite being one of the biggest draws to the fly-on-the-wall documentary series.

Kyrgios, 27, made headlines in the first five episodes of the show when he opened up about his heavy drinking and left his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi mortified while he tried to provide a urine sample at the 2022 Australian Open.

But while he called the show “a huge opportunity for my brand to get out there,” he didn’t watch a minute of the program.

“I did not see it. Of course I watched the preview. I’ve been so busy right now. I was just doing so many things off the pitch, obviously preparing for the AO [Australian Open]’ he said on Saturday.

Kyrgios (pictured with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi at the Break Point premiere) hasn't seen the show, though he describes it as

Kyrgios (pictured with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi at the Break Point premiere) hasn’t seen the show, though he describes it as “a huge opportunity for my brand to get out there.”

The Aussie (pictured with friend and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis in an episode of Break Point) made headlines with his brutal honesty in the documentary

The Aussie (pictured with friend and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis in an episode of Break Point) made headlines with his brutal honesty in the documentary

The world No. 21 was knocked off his feet in the run-up to his home Grand Slam and even revealed he has taken ownership of the South East Melbourne Phoenix basketball team between a charity match with Novak Djokovic and the rehabilitation of his injured ankle.

“It’s just so important for tennis,” he said of Break Point. “I think we have so many great personalities, so many young personalities and so many colorful athletes.”

With legends Novak Djokovic, 35, and Rafael Nadal, 36, nearing the end of their careers – and Roger Federer officially retiring – the sport is looking for the next generation of stars who can fill the huge gap that is they will be left behind, and after Kyrgios thinks he knows who can step into the breach.

Novak Djokovic (pictured with Kyrgios at last Friday night's benefit match) is nearing the end of his incredible career at the age of 35

Novak Djokovic (pictured with Kyrgios at last Friday night’s benefit match) is nearing the end of his incredible career at the age of 35

The sport will have a huge void to fill when Rafael Nadal (bottom right) joins retired Roger Federer (front left) - and Kyrgios thinks he knows who can rise

The sport will have a huge void to fill when Rafael Nadal (bottom right) joins retired Roger Federer (front left) – and Kyrgios thinks he knows who can rise

“France [Tiafoe], [Carlos] Alcaraz, Taylor Fritz, these guys are great tennis players and great people too,” he said.

“I think when the big three settle down and retire it’s so important that these guys are showcased around the world.”

Tiafoe, 24, made his mark at last year’s US Open where he upset Nadal and reached the semifinals – only to lose to current world No. 1 Alcaraz, who went on to claim the title and become his rapidly growing reputation as the next contributor great in the men’s game.

Frances Tiafoe (pictured training for the Australian Open) heralded himself as a rising star by upsetting Rafael Nadal at last year's US Open when he made a stunning run to the semifinals

Frances Tiafoe (pictured training for the Australian Open) heralded himself as a rising star by upsetting Rafael Nadal at last year’s US Open when he made a stunning run to the semifinals

The American failed to defeat current World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, who clinched the first of many Grand Slam titles that many believe will be the first at Flushing Meadows last September

The American failed to defeat current World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, who clinched the first of many Grand Slam titles that many believe will be the first at Flushing Meadows last September

Fritz, 25, was ranked eighth in the world and was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last year. He won titles in Indian Wells and Tokyo in 2022.

The trio are undisputed talents on the pitch, but none of them can be promotional lightning rods like Kyrgios – as the Australian proved in the first episode of Break Point.

In it, he admitted he would “drink every night” as his career was “threatening to spiral out of control” after branding himself a player to watch by upsetting Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014.

His manager Daniel Horsfall had to go out and find Kyrgios when he was having wild nights, using the Find My Friends tracking app on his phone.

“I used to have your location on my phone and some mornings I would physically look up where you were, what hotel you were in, whose house you were staying at before tournaments or before a game,” Horsfall said. ‘That was hard.’

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