Fleet Street is aflutter ahead of Nick Kyrgios’s French Open clash with young Brit Kyle Edmund after the Australian’s cocky confession that he enjoys sex before big matches.
If Thursday’s Ashes-like showdown between the former junior rivals and a potential third-round showdown with Andy Murray weren’t enough for the tabloids, Kyrgios’s claim that “a lot goes on” for tennis playboys certainly was.
Kyrgios’s interview with GQ Australia swept through Roland Garros even before the magazine was due to hit the stands on Monday.
Rarely one to shy away, the 20-year-old excitement machine admitted that unlike many athletes he didn’t subscribe to abstinence before a big game.
“I don’t abide by that rule,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t abide by that at all.”
The first player since the great Roger Federer to reach two grand slam quarter-finals as a teenager, Kyrgios says on-court success also leads to ample off-court opportunities.
“There’s definitely some advantages,” he said.
“You fly around the world doing what you love and that’s play tennis. And if you’re good enough, some of the top players have a lot of girls as well.”
Kyrgios has been linked to two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, an ex-girlfriend of tennis-loving X Factor judge Redfoo, in the past and this week in Paris was coy when quizzed about watching Ajla Tomljanovic’s match against fellow Aussie Casey Dellacqua.
“Just supporting the locals, we’ll call it that. I’m not saying anything else,” Kyrgios said.
The fun-loving youngster, whose popularity has also had him featured in Vogue Magazine, told GQ it’s dangerous to fraternise in the locker room.
“I won’t say any (names) but, mate, a lot goes on,” he said.
“What happens on tour gets around fast, so you have to be careful. That’s why I don’t mess with any tennis chicks.”
Kyrgios’s tussle with Edmund is the first match scheduled for Court 7 on Thursday (7pm AEST), with the all-Australian second-round clash between Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinnakis to follow straight after.