Nick Kyrgios has slammed journalists and has called for an apology after Netflix confirmed he would be the star of the first episode of Breaking Point.
The new series – due to be released just before the 2023 Australian Open in January – is made by the same people who created the highly successful F1 show Drive To Survive and will focus on various tennis stars, with Kyrgios up first.
Camera crews were given exclusive access to all areas of Kyrgios’ life during his run to the Wimbledon final this year – the best Grand Slam performance of his career to date – and the series will see the 27-year-old earn millions.
Kyrgios is notorious for his behaviour on and off the tennis court and has the reputation of being a hothead, with his runner-up finish at the 2022 Championships laced with controversy as he continuously hit the headlines.
Kyrgios got a ‘drunk’ heckling fan ejected from this year’s final and faced jeers for producing a controversial underarm serve, which some see as unsportsmanlike. After the final, he partied at a London nightclub, which the documentary also captures.
There were several other high-profile moments at SW19, with Kyrgios admitting to spitting towards a fan, calling a line judge a ‘snitch’ who ‘had no fans’, continuously breaking Wimbledon’s strict dress code and being labelled an ‘evil bully’ by world No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Australian was also involved in various arguments with journalists, telling one reporter she had ‘no story’ – and after Netflix confirmed that he would be the star of the first episode of Breaking Point – he took a swipe at the media on Twitter.
‘Haha so after all this, all the media, journalism saying how bad I am for the sport, disrespecting the game & just a pure villain, I am going to be the number 1 episode on Netflix… to grow our fan base, basically trying to put tennis on the map again,’ Kyrgios said.
‘And essentially putting more money in everyone’s pockets that’s involved with tennis, you all look really ridiculous now.
‘Your apology should be as loud as your disrespect was.’
Kyrgios, who recently opened up about his mental health struggles, is facing an assault charge for an incident with his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari which allegedly occurred in December 2021, though he is seeking to get it dropped.