Nick Kyrgios in stitches during visit with Qld’s sick kids
Setting aside his bad boy persona, Nick Kyrgios delighted fans by calling into the Queensland Children's Hospital and vowing to dedicate more time to the state's sick kids.
The 25-year-old Australian tennis star laughed his way through 40 minutes of questions from fans Hayden, who was in hospital in Brisbane, and Claire at the Gold Coast University Hospital during his virtual visit with Juiced TV on Thursday morning.
"I just want to say all you guys are amazing, you're incredibly strong and I'm always thinking of you," Kyrgios said from his Canberra home at the end of the visit.
"Stay strong, stay happy. I'd love to come back. I'd love to talk to more kids and also some of the workers."
During the interview he promised to send Hayden some autographs, accepted a challenge from patient Rezwan to play a tennis match against him and his brother, and sent a message to Emily, who is beginning treatment for leukaemia.
"Stay strong and I'll be waiting for you when the treatment's finished," he said.
When asked what his superpower would be, Marvel fan Kyrgios, who is among the players skipping the current US Open in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic, picked invisibility.
"I wouldn't get in trouble for half the things I usually get in trouble for," he laughed.
He said his favourite thing about tennis was travelling the world, his favourite player to face off against is Roger Federer and his biggest rivals are Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Kyrgios also played a game of Pictionary with Hayden and Claire, laughing along as he struggled to draw Pinocchio, a windmill, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Juiced TV began the initiative after the lockdown restricted the number of visitors allowed in the hospital.
Originally published as Nick Kyrgios in stitches during visit with Queensland's sick kids