Nick Kyrgios (born 27 April 1995) is an Australian professional tennis player.
According to an Askmen article, his tennis workout is as follows:
Lasting four to five hours on court requires an insane amount of strength and stamina. The only way to have that is by working on your core day in and day out. That’s why Nick has, over time, reduced his off-court running and started spending more time on speed work and sprint repeat efforts that test his endurance. If it hadn’t been for this, it wouldn’t be surprising if his body accumulated lactic acid halfway through a match. Training under fatigue, his coach says, is the best approach to building tolerance.
Kyrgios is known for his attacking skills, but the progress he’s made with his agility has garnered a lot of praise. There has been a big improvement in his movement on court. His defence skills have risen to another level, thanks to drills like cone calls, forward/backward Z, underhand tiebreaker and acceleration/deceleration that are part of his everyday tennis practice.
Apart from calisthenics, Nick is also into weight-lifting. This helps convert excess calories into muscle mass, which gives him the strength and stamina to endure long matches. Some of his go-to conditioning exercises are rotational medicine ball throws, which strengthen the core and increase hip and torso mobility; weighted single leg deadlifts, which involves balance and body awareness as much as building strength in an offset stance; banded resisted material shuffles, which improves lateral speed and acceleration while sharpening reaction time; prowler push-ups and rope pulls, which work the full body and build mental resilience and weighted around the worlds, which accentuates the upper body.
Apart from physical strength, tennis also requires presence of mind. Nick doesn’t have an incredible attention span, so his coach has incorporated a lot of non-traditional disciplines into his routine. He makes him play basketball, mini tennis and workout using an Ankorr System (a fitness trend that involves harnesses) and the prowler for sprint repeat efforts. He also does tractor tyre flips, sled drags, farmer walks among other unconventional exercises. This is an effective strategy to increase load and volume while minimizing the risk of injury.
In early 2020, Nick Kyrgios was devastated by the huge loss of animal life in Australia. He began fundraising for the relief effort and in an Athlete’s Voice blog, he wrote that his passion for animals is what made him go vegan.
“I don’t eat meat or dairy anymore. That’s not for my health, I just don’t believe in eating animals,” he said. “Seeing the footage of these animals suffering with the fires only reinforces why I’ve chosen this diet. When I see these terrible photos, I can’t comprehend eating meat.”
When he partnered with Beyond Meat, Kyrgios posted on social media: “These guys have come up with something pretty special with their meat-free burger patties.”
In 2019, Kyrgios claimed video games were ruining him and demanded a linesman be removed during a typically dramatic exit from the US Open in New York.
During one of his matches, Kyrgios yelled “Gaming, bro. Call of Duty has ruined me,” to his box about the first-person shooter video game early in the second set.
He then later claimed: “I don’t even want to be here, bro. I just wanna be home”.
In 2016 he claimed he played computer games instead of preparing for his match with Andy Murray.
Nick is an avid basketball fan, often seen wearing basketball merch off-court. He recently admitted to tanking in games when his beloved Boston Celtics lost. and during press conferences.
His second home is the KGV Recreation Centre in The Rocks in Sydney where he trains regularly with mates including aspiring basketballer Anthony Mundine III, rising NBL1 and former US college star Chol Adup, Sydney Kings guard Biwali Bayles and fellow tennis star Thanasi Kokkinakis.
In 2022 he ran riot during a celebrity basketball match.