How a “sweet little bun” revolutionized tennis

You’ve probably heard the humorous saying about the difference between the way men and women think. Faced with a problem, ladies announce it and then push it out of themselves, while men live with it because they have to solve it. That is why the mission of men in this world is to solve problems, and women – to enjoy life.

Certainly, if stamped with good enough scientific reasoning, such social behavior would be an interesting phenomenon, but there is always an exception to the rule. Especially if the man himself is a walking problem that no one can fix.

Nick Kyrgios walked away from this year’s US Open in his own way – with rackets broken, accusations hurled and an emotional crisis akin to a natural disaster. Karen Khachanov defeated the Australian in the 1/4-finals with 7:5, 4:6, 7:5, 6:7(3), 6:4.

After the match, Nick, who played in the Wimbledon final this year and knocked out world number one Daniil Medvedev in the previous round in New York, frankly explained his disappointment: “In a Grand Slam, people remember whether you win or lose. I think in general lines all other tournaments during the year are a waste of time.”

If we were to list all of Kyrgios’ problematic statements, it wouldn’t take a whole day. More or less the same applies to the created scandals on the court, which go from provocations about cheating girlfriends, through banter with the audience, the opponent and the officials, and ending with moments where a second subject is not needed for the Australian to go crazy.

Since the beginning of the year, however, everything has changed.

Kyrgios seems much more humble and dedicated to the sport and far more ambitious, and behind the total change is the only woman who “managed to tame the beast”. After Nick’s love life went through many upheavals, he finally found someone to turn the tennis player into a more settled man. “She’s a sweet little bun,” Kyrgios says of his new love Kosten Hatzi, but it turns out she’s much more than just Nick’s life, but also Nick’s career, and thus indirectly, tennis as a whole.

“Not a bad way to start 2022 at all,” read the first post on the social networks of the influencer Hatsi, who along with this explanation also published a photo with her lover from the bathroom. And if at first everything seemed a little frivolous, or another fling, then a few months later Kyrgios admitted that he was planning marriage. Hatsy was born in Sydney.

She is a blogger and influencer. She’s built a home decor business and looks every other way, but not the kind of person who could placate one of the most extravagant and extreme tennis players on tour.

Don’t judge a book by its cover though…

“It’s very easy to be in a relationship when you’re both invested in it. It’s hard to move a couch by yourself. I’ve had a lot of relationships in the past that got brutal. Now it’s different because my partner travels with me.” Kyrgios told the Australian Daily Telegraph.

However, the lovers can leave all the details of their personal lives to themselves, because far more interesting for tennis fans is how Kosten Hatzi’s influence on Nick Kyrgios rearranged the cards in men’s tennis and gave an answer to a long-asked question – how good is the Australian when is he serious

For years, the Bad Boy of Tennis has boycotted any attempt to help him.

Refuses to work with any coach or play regularly on the tour. The likes of John McEnroe, Patrick Muratoglu and Boris Becker have offered their services, but none have even made it to the point where Kyrgios takes him seriously. Paradoxical or not, it was not a tennis legend, but “a sweet bun” that changed Kyrgios.

We’ve already mentioned that the Australian beat world #1 Daniil Medvedev at the US Open, as well as making the Wimbledon final. But that’s not all: Nick won the tournament in Washington and has three more singles semifinals in 2022. The big fun came in doubles, where he and his good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis reached No. 1 in the world and won three titles: Washington, Atlanta and the Australian Open.

Recently, Novak Djokovic’s good friend and popular freestyle tennis player, Stefan Bozic, very interestingly explained Kyrgios’ game: “In tennis, there are rules – how you have to play and what you have to do to be good. However, Kyrgios shows that he can’t just to be good, but to be one of the best, defying all the established methods and unwritten laws. And that’s what makes the experts mad – that there’s another way to be successful. Nick does everything backwards and still beats Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. People expect him to win, but to win in a certain way, and it pisses them off when he doesn’t,” Bozic said.

Now, another X-factor can be added to all of this, namely that Nick wants to not only make a splash every now and then, but to win tournaments and play seriously.

He doesn’t care that he might drop out early or piss off the crowd, but he can no longer afford to disappoint the “sweet bun” who travels everywhere with him and watches his every game. This makes the Australian even more dangerous and fulfills the wish of many fans – to see one of the most talented competitors motivated to the limit.


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