Bingo.Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has a 'brittle ego' and goes out partying as a coping mechanism to explain away his losses, according to a former Olympian.
Matthew Syed, who represented Great Britain in table tennis and now works as a journalist, claimed Kyrgios, 24, puts on a carefree public persona to excuse his own shortcomings
'I don't think Kyrgios is unconventional at all, and I certainly don't think he has a big ego. On the contrary, I think the Australian's ego is brittle,' Syed wrote in The Times.
Syed said Kyrgios makes 'serial attempts' to exaggerate his lack of professionalism to explain away losses rather than having to admit he was outplayed.
The 24-year-old's Wimbledon run came to an end last week after he was defeated by rival and world number two Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).
The evening preceding the match, Kyrgios was spotted partying at local pub Dog & Fox, where he enjoyed beverages and socialised with other patrons.
The venue is a hotspot during the Grand Slam tournament and is frequented by journalists, commentators, fans and players alike.
Syed said there was a method behind Kyrgios' 'late-night' drinking.
'Everyone would know that the result might have been different if he'd prepared properly. And if he did win, the victory would be even more flattering: to beat Nadal without much sleep,' Syed wrote.
Syed continued by claiming the Australian tennis star's delicate ego permits him from wholeheartedly devoting himself to the task.
'And this is why he is living a rather fraudulent life, investing time in tennis while holding back; competing to win but with those ready-made excuses in case he loses,' Syed wrote.
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Syed said Kyrgios's ego is 'fragile' and he makes 'serial attempts' to publicise his lack of professionalism, in a ruse to protect his self-image© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Syed said there was a method behind Kyrgios's 'late-night' drinking as everyone knew he wouldn't be 100 per cent for the game
Syed clarified Kyrgios was not defrauding his fans - as his matches are often incident-filled and therefore entertaining - but rather was fooling himself.
In a press conference following his loss on Friday, Kyrgios commended Nadal for being the better player on the day.
The Australian was then asked about his prospects competing for a Grand Slam title or whether he was happy to merely entertain on the court.
'I know what I'm capable of,' Kyrgios said. 'I'm a great tennis player, but I don't do the other stuff.
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 24-year-old's Wimbledon run came to an end last week after he was defeated by rival and world number two Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3). The evening preceding the match, Kyrgios was spotted partying at local pub Dog & Fox, where he enjoyed beverages and socialised with other patrons'I'm not the most professional guy. I won't train day in, day out. I won't show up every day.
'So there's a lot of things I need to improve on to get to that level that Rafa brings, Novak (Djokovic), Roger (Federer) have been doing for so long.
'Just depends how bad I want it. But no, at the moment I don't think I can contend for a grand slam.'
I'm sure there's some truth to it. But this campaigner like many would say/do anything for a story.
On your contrary Mr Syed, don't act like your 10 feet tall and have a 20 inch cock. That only happens on Big Footy.