By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit - @nkyrgios/Facebook
Nick Kyrgios has announced his purpose in life following his China Open final loss to Rafael Nadal.
The controversial Canberra tennis star has written a blog about how he wants to build a centre for disadvantaged and underprivileged kids.
He’s scoping out land in Melbourne for a facility to be built where kids can hang out and be part of a family in a safe space.
“There’d be tennis courts and basketball courts and a gym and an oval to kick the footy. There’d be things to eat and beds to sleep in,” Kyrgios wrote.
“This dream is going to become a reality.”
Kyrgios also wrote quite openly about his lack of true love for tennis.
“You’ve no doubt noticed that I’m not all that good at hiding the fact I’d rather be somewhere else a lot of the time,” he said.
“For the first time, I feel like there is a reason for me to be doing what I’m doing. Tennis is a great life – we’re well paid and the perks are pretty good – but it can feel empty if you’re just doing it for the money.”
The 22-year-old is confident, he knows what it’s all for now.
“You’ve probably heard me say a few times over the years that I don’t want tennis badly enough. But when I’m working on the NK Foundation and our Melbourne facility, I cast my mind forward to all the disadvantaged kids I’ll be helping. I’m playing for them now.”
While he’s often known for his antics on and off the court, Kyrgios hopes this is what he’ll be remembered for.
“I don’t reckon there can be anything better in life than giving kids a chance when they otherwise wouldn’t have had one,” he wrote.
And for those wondering why the facility isn’t planned for his home town..
“We’re doing this in Melbourne because it’s the sporting capital of Australia. It’s a big population and it has a bit more going on than where I’m from. Sorry, Canberra! You know I love you.”
You can read the full blog here.
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