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Nick Kyrgios: “I’ve grown up,” says the smitten Australian tennis star as he causes a sensation in Indian Wells

The Australian, who gave a hilarious cooking demonstration at a Citibank-sponsored tennis dinner before the tournament, turned things up a notch on Thursday, beating young Argentinian Sebastian Baez 6-4, 6-0 in just over an hour.

“I’m just happy to be back at this tournament. It’s been a few years because of the (coronavirus) pandemic and because I took some time off to clean up my mind and body,” he told reporters after the win.

“My body feels better than ever. I feel like I’m moving and playing really well. It’s good to be back.”

Kyrgios had become as well known in recent years for his antics and outbursts on the pitch as for his punishing serve.

But he said he was finally free of the left knee pain that had plagued him for the past year and a half and was in a great place emotionally.

When asked what had contributed to his improved mindset, he smiled and pointed to Hatzi, who was sitting in the front row at the press conference.

“I was really struggling. I wasn’t happy,” he said.

“The tennis world wanted me to be a certain player and I’ve been trying for so many years to be something I wasn’t. It’s taken me to a dark place. I’ve failed people, I’ve struggled with mine Family fighting. It was tough,” he said.

“One day I looked in the mirror and said this isn’t the kind of person I’m trying to be. And now I’m a completely different person. I’m comfortable in my own skin, but not trying to please anyone. I’m not trying to be someone else.

“I’m Nick Kyrgios and I just go out and play and have fun and when I win I win and when I lose I lose.

“Life is good.”

When asked how he celebrated the doubles Grand Slam championship he won with childhood friend Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open in January, the 26-year-old said they took different paths.

“He stayed in Melbourne for three days and I took the first flight with my girlfriend and we flew back to Sydney.

“I’ve grown up man,” he added with a smile.

Kyrgios, who started with a wild card in Indian Wells, next meets 32nd-seeded Argentina’s Federico Delbonis on Saturday.

Nick Kyrgios: “I’ve grown up,” says the smitten Australian tennis star as he causes a sensation in Indian Wells

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