Cape Town - Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios' attitude towards the game has made headlines again, after the Aussie player tweeted that he played more Pokemon Go than actual tennis.
The popular gaming app, which has taken the world by storm, has also captured the interest of the 19th-ranked tennis player in a few series of tweets regarding the animated franchise.
The 21-year-old’s Twitter feed has been flooded with references towards Pokemon Go where he tells his 187K followers that he’s more excited about the game than he is about converting a break point.
His affection for the game seems to be rapidly losing interest, as he recently said after his fourth round Wimbledon defeat to Andy Murray that he did not love the sport anymore and even called their match 'pathetic'.
Kyrgios is also not new to the distraction of gaming. He drew criticism after his loss to Murray saying afterwards that he prepared for their duel by playing video games.
Just quietly, how good is Pokemon Go. Honestly been playing that more than tennis ??????— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 24, 2016
True story, get more excited for an egg to hatch then a break point converted hahaha ??????— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 24, 2016
Prior to the Toronto Masters, Kyrgios seemed unfazed when he pointed out that he wanted to catch Pokemon on court:
I might drop an incense while I'm playing in Toronto ?? change of ends see what it brings in ??— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 24, 2016
Kyrgios is probably regretting the previous tweet as he was sent crashing out of the first round of the Toronto Masters, when he was defeated by 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3 on Monday (July 25).
After his defeat, Twitter responded to his Pokemon Go addiction and his loss in Toronto:
@NickKyrgios eat, sleep, pokemon go, lose to a 17 years old in the 1st round, retire— julia (@gigibuffonz) July 26, 2016
@NickKyrgios you're a disgrace. You looked disinterested today, poor attitude and then to say you're worried about Pokemon. Embarrassment— james palmer (@jpal94) July 26, 2016
Denis Shapovalov, 17-year-old fresh off Wimbledon boys' title, takes out 19th-ranked Nick Kyrgios, who may need to chill on the Pokemon Go.— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) July 26, 2016
@NickKyrgios beaten by world No. 370...spending too much time playing Pokemon it would seem.— Michael Morgan (@mjmorgan33) July 26, 2016