Finally, a good sports role model

Humble in victory, gracious in defeat – if only all of our sports stars showed as much humility as young Nick Kyrgios, who is on-track to become a real Aussie favourite.

When not even your own mum gives you much hope of beating one of the world’s greatest ever tennis stars, how can you believe in yourself? Nick Kyrgios who, at just 19 years of age, knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon on Tuesday by believing in himself and remembering what playing tennis is all about – having fun. Of course it takes a lot of hard work, determination and skill to make it into a top tournament such as Wimbledon, but perhaps not taking yourself too seriously and realising that you’re living the dream of many others gives you a little edge over competitors. Too often those who have tasted success, or believe that success is their ‘right’, forget about how lucky they are to be doing something they love and not toiling for 50 hours a week for very little money.

And as the country was rejoicing in the newfound talent of Kyrgios, the young man was preparing to face his next opponent, just 24 hours after defeating Nadal. While the game didn’t quite go to script, with his opponent Milos Raonic winning three sets to one, never once did the wild card entry think to blame the short turnaround for his defeat. Of his Canadian opponent, ranked eighth in the world, Kyrgios said, “He served unbelievably. He was in such a rhythm that I just couldn’t do anything out there.”

And of his own experience, Kyrgios, who was ranked 144th before the tournament, but will now rise to around No.65, said, “It’s been the best couple of weeks of my life. Never did I think that I was ever going to make quarterfinals of Wimbledon and beat Nadal on Centre Court. It’s all happened pretty fast.”

“If I was to go further, I’m going to have to get stronger. I’m going to have to get so much better in so many areas.”

And the whole of Australia will be behind you when you do.

Are you impressed by the success and graciousness of Nick Kyrgios? Do you think that all too often sports stars forget how lucky they are?

Written by Debbie McTaggart