It was a saddening day for Nick Kyrgios as he announced his withdrawal from the much-awaited French Open. The agony for the Australian tennis professional didn’t seem to end as he made another heartbreaking announcement.
The 28-year-old has revealed the demise of his beloved grandmother. Kyrgios took to Instagram to disclose the passing of his Yiayia, which translates to grandmother in Greek. He penned a heartfelt note that made the fans as well as other tennis players emotional.
“Seems like I can’t catch a break right now. RIP Yiayia, the best we could ask for. Go enjoy your time with Papou now,” Nick Kyrgios wrote in his Instagram post.
The tennis world reacts to the tragic news of Nico Kyrgios’ grandmother’s demise
After the agonizing news got known by the tennis world, their consolations and prayers poured out for Nick Kyrgios and his grandmother. In the huge rabble of comments, one was posted by his girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi. She wrote, “Yiayia will always be looking over you.”
The 28-year-old’s brother also commented “She will look over us always. Remembering her and her strength.” Kyrgios’s compatriot and tennis star, Thanasi Kokkinakis also showed his support by commenting on two hearts on the post.
Other comments and reactions included “God bless brother”, “My condolences to you and your family. Grand Slam incoming for Yiayia” and “Sending love and thoughts to your family.”
All you need to know about Nick Kyrgios’ family
Nick Kyrgios was born on April 27, 1995, in Canberra, Australia to Norlaila and Giorgos Kyrgios. His mother was a Malay while his father was Greek but they met each other when they were living in Australia. Kyrgios’s father was a self-employed house painter, who was also astonished by tennis in his earlier days. He has been seen numerous times sitting in the stands in order to support his son.
On the other hand, his mother was a princess in Gombak, a district in Selangor, Malaysia. However, Kyrgios’ mother doesn’t attend most of her son’s games because she suffers from a serious heart condition in addition to extreme nervousness and anxiety issues.
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The Australian also has two siblings. Halimah Kyrgios is his older sister who works as a dance instructor and has also participated in the famous “The Voice Australian.” On the other hand, his older brother, Christos travels with him at most of the junctures to his tennis tournaments.