Tough times seem to bring out the best in Nick Kyrgios. Like when he led Australian tennis’ bushfire appeal earlier this year by showing his softer side.
Now he wants to help anyone battling the fallout of coronavirus, even though his own earnings have taken a significant hit during the worldwide sporting lockout.
Back in Canberra on a forced tennis break, Kyrgios posted a heartwarming message on his social media accounts on Monday afternoon and joined a movement to help those in need.
“If anyone is not working [or] not getting an income and runs out of food, or times are just tough, please don’t go to sleep with an empty stomach,” the post read.
“Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message. I will be more than happy to share whatever I have.
“Even just for a box of noodles, a loaf of bread or milk. I will drop it at your doorstep, no questions asked.”
The public sentiment about Kyrgios started to turn this year when he pledged donations to the bushfire appeal for every ace he fired down during the Australian summer.
Kyrgios donated $20,000 after his aces tally hit 100 just at the Australian Open this year.
He led the push for athletes to step up and donate what they could, with several joining the cause and donating prizemoney or earnings.
The 24-year-old has bunkered down in Canberra with the ATP circuit on hold for the foreseeable future. The French Open and Wimbledon have been cancelled until at least July 13.
“Regrettably, the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic leaves us with no choice but to suspend the tour further; a decision we’ve made in close cooperation with our members and the other governing bodies of tennis,” said ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.
“Health and safety remains the top priority as we navigate the challenges ahead in these unprecedented times, and we will do everything we can for the Tour to resume at the earliest opportunity once it is safe to do so.”
Story: The Canberra Times