Nick has this amusing eccentricity which makes him interesting. He does unpredictable things, hits uncommon shots, weird dances, and other things like pretending to sleep during changeovers or eating food of random people in the crowd. It is amusing.
Also a factor in why he's not disliked much more despite his antagonizing attitude and awful behavior is that he clearly has a kind, genuine side to him. When he gushes about his idols, advises opponents to challenge wrong calls, writes a heartfelt letter to a retiring player, or cries when he feels like he let his team down. At the core, he just doesn't seem like a bad person but someone who acts this way to cover up insecurity, which induces compassion in a lot of people rather than contempt and 'total' dislike.
Likely for the reasons mentioned I don't dislike him either but objectively Kyrgios is a jerk, and what Nadal recently said applies to him too often unfortunately.
main reason i like him despite those flaws, is that he's brutally honest in what he says, how he acts, etc...
I know what to expect from him, and I feel he's not trying to BS you, not trying to paint a kind of picture of himself, not trying make yoiu like him, etc...
on the flip side, I hate when folks given canned politically correct responses for anything controversial... because you know they are just clamming up and not saying what they really feel, so i intrinsically feel i can't "trust" anything they say (not because they are flat out lying to me, but because i know they will just deflect). isn't that why we all hate politicians?
well, lets look at a player on the opposite side of the spectrum.
Edmund has the straight up and down posture of a Buckingham Palace guard, very stiff, its almost as if he's protecting a former back injury or something.
i think this hampers his serve speed.
NK's flexibility seems to help his explosiveness in his serve. its not like he has an overly strong lower body, so i believe its his flex in his stance (from his back and shoulders) that aids him so much.
However, it shows that his fitness overall is probably not the highest, which is why he's so inconsistent in his performances IMO (that and his mentality).
LOL this privileged faux "bad-boy" term is such an annoying one. This dude wouldn't last a single day in certain parts of the world including the place I come from. I guess this is what society has become, flexing the non-existent to make buzz. He's like all these influencers that fake travelling all around the world when more than half their stuff is fake with their bank account being absolute red and then also called as being talented [photographers]. This dude is d-ck and that's all that's there to it.
Any player can clog YouTube with highlight shots. That makes you a YouTuber. Only the 1% wins what matters with the class to go with it. And that makes you an ATG.
It's more apathy for me to be totally honest.. If he won more matches so I was somewhat forced to watch him more I would care more, but I really don't because he wins one tournament a year if he's lucky and crashes out at all the others pretty early.
You are here because you like tennis, no? If you really like tennis and appreciate talent, it's hard to completely dislike Nick. You've got to appreciate the originality and skill that he adds to the game, at the very least.