“It’s easier to be perceived in a negative light – especially in a traditional sport like tennis where ‘gentlemanly behaviour’ is prioritised.”
Indian-origin Australian basketball trainer Mahesh Padmanabhan has some unique access, and therefore insight, into the fractious world of Nick Kyrgios. Having been an integral part of Kyrgios’ camp over the last 18 months, the difference between what the world says outside of their bubble and what seems to be the reality, is quite different.
“People want a story for a story and hype up the negative. At the core of his intentions, a lot of it is just honesty. He doesn’t have a dishonest bone in his body,” Padmanabhan tells The Indian Express.
Kyrgios’ first ever Grand Slam final appearance – especially at this stage of his career – may have surprised some but not Padmanabhan. The run at Wimbledon was fuelled not only…