On Monday, the world No. 19 was stunned in the first round of the Rogers Cup by 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov (ranked No. 370). He blamed it on a bad day, but online critics jumped down his throat for his extreme dedication to catching Pokemon.
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
Eat, sleep, Pokemon Go— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 25, 2016
For those somehow unaware of how the game works, you walk (or run) around the real world staring intensely at your phone looking for Pokestops, where you throw Pokeballs (and other weapons) to capture Squirtles, Charizards and all the rest of your childhood favorites. There's battles to win, gyms to take over and tools like incense that lure and help draw in Pokemon.
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
You can also pay (real) money for Pokecoins to help add premium items to your arsenal.
@rogerscup haha yep— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 24, 2016
A 28-year-old named Nick (of course) became the first to catch 'em all last week after walking 95 miles in circles around New York City, but he's still missing some extremely rare ones (which may be hiding in Antarctica, for all anyone knows).
@ChrenoM did Fed or Nole have a 2000CP Gyarados... Didn't think so— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 24, 2016
Kyrgios is hardly the only twenty-something obsessed with catching virtual creatures on his iPhone, but the Australian should still probably prioritize his booming tennis career over chasing Pikachu. Naturally, he has gotten a little defensive about it.
@Besterphilip big tweet for someone ranked 388— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 26, 2016
If anyone is going to become a Pokemon master, it’s going to be a tennis pro. They travel around the globe, have unlimited international data plans, can focus intensely for hours and are insanely competitive.
What will Kyrgios win first: Pokemon GO or a Grand Slam?