Nick kyrgiosIn addition to his current affairs in the world of tennis, he spoke in an interview with ESPN.com about the memory of the day of the death of Kobe Bryant and the tribute he paid him before playing the match against Rafael Nadal for the Australian Open.
First of all, the Australian remembered the moment he learned the news of the accident of the star of the NBA: “That day still weighs heavily on me. I woke up and that was the first thing I saw on my phone. Honestly, I didn’t believe it at first, and then it was confirmed and it was just heavy, “he stated.
At the same time, the Australian recounted the moment before going out onto the court to play against the Spaniard: “Going out on the court that night, I was very worried about how I was going to perform with that weight on my mind. What he represented as basketball player, always trying to improve, always trying to help people and bring out the best in everyone, and when I put on his jersey, going out on the court was something I will never forget, “he said.
By last, Kyrgios spoke about what he felt when stepping on the court with the Kobe jersey: “I had my headphones on, but I didn’t have any songs because I just wanted to hear the reaction, the atmosphere and I broke down because I was watching Kobe almost every day of my life growing up. It was a very sad day, but I’m glad that the Lakers and LeBron, (they won the 2020 NBA Finals) for him; that encouraged everyone in that organization. Even myself, when I have those days when I train or play in that jersey, I also have it tattooed on the arm, so he is someone I will never forget, “he concluded.