Nick Kyrgios is an enigma wrapped in a mystery folded into a dude who doesn’t really like tennis.
The 21-year-old Australian star is the least predictable and most talented player tennis has seen in decades, and his biggest opposition tends to be himself — or in some cases, other gym trainers on the block.
A New York Times piece published Thursday by Michael Steinberger revealed that Kyrgios has a deep and abiding obsession with Pokemon Go. He has two phones he uses simultaneously to play the game, and bonds with students at his youth tennis camps over the app.
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Steinberger describes a scene where Kyrgios put down his dual Pokemon phone and imparted some Poke-wisdom to the youth.
It’s important to find a balance between Pokémon and training
Kyrgios’ girlfriend, Croatian-born tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic, is feeling the Poke-pinch as well, according to Steinberger.
"[Tomljanovic] expressed some mild exasperation when Kyrgios, summoned to the wardrobe room, implored her to take over his game. “I’m not playing Pokémon with your 7-year-old friend,” she said. Kyrgios quickly corrected her, albeit incorrectly: ‘He’s 10, not 7.’"
Now the question is: What Pokemon team is Kyrgios on?