Protection tool

The bad boy image is a protective tool, Kyrgios is gentle, genuine

Nick Kyrgios’ ex-agent John Morris says the Aussie’s bad boy image was just a ‘protective tool’ as he described the 27-year-old as a very sweet and genuine. Morris, who discovered Kyrgios, no longer works with the Australian but he only has good words to say about his former client.

Morris loved watching Andre Agassi and he thought Kyrgios definitely had similarities to the American tennis legend. “My favorite athlete of all time, without a doubt, is Andre Agassi. We’ve always said Nick is Agassi 2.0,” Morris said in an interview with The Age, per Sportskeeda.

“And yes, there were some unsavory things that I didn’t like, but there’s a magnetism about him and a certain charisma about him. There’s this magic dust that you just don’t want to touch. the quiet one.

Let it be because it’s so damn special.”

Morris: Kyrgios isn’t exactly a bad boy, he’s kinda nice and genuine

Since the start of his career, Kyrgios has been called ‘the bad boy of tennis’.

Almost a decade later, nothing has really changed as there is no in-between when it comes to Kyrgios – as the feeling is that the average tennis fan either absolutely loves him or hates him. . “He became a caricature of that bad boy image and he kinda played it up, but it wasn’t really him,” Morris said.

“And then you go down a path and eventually he just takes on the role. Even this week, he plays the villain role well. It’s literally that – it’s a role. In many ways, it’s a stage persona, but it’s a protective tool.”

Morris, who has been lucky enough to spend a lot of time with Kyrgios, insists the 27-year-old is very nice off the pitch. “If he’s small, with his walls up, in his mind, he can’t hurt himself,” Morris said. “He thinks, ‘If I don’t let the conversations go on or if I don’t let you in, then I can’t be hurt’

I understand. But it is a protective tool. The Nick Kyrgios I knew was a really sweet, genuine, sensitive person.”