Nick Kyrgios has been dubbed 'The King' in light of his five-set win on Wednesday night at the Australian Open. But many won't know just how fitting the royal title is.
The 25-year-old tennis player, known for his, entertaining and outspoken antics on and off the court, has royal blood thanks to his mother, Norlaila Kyrgios.
Born in Gombak, a district in Selangor, Malaysia, her grandfather’s cousin was the Sultan of Pahang. This makes her, by birth, the Tengku of Pahang, which loosely translates to the princess of the Pahang state.
Norlaila moved to Australia in her 20s, choosing to give up her title and leave behind her royal roots.
She became a computer engineer and married Greek house painter Giorgos Kyrgios. Nick was their third child.
After winning his match at the Murray River Open two weeks ago, Kyrgios opened up about his mother currently being ill.
“It’s not about me,” Nick Kyrgios told reporters, referring to the controversy over tennis players needing to quarantine prior to competing in the Australian Open. “My mum is incredibly sick.
“There’s too much risk in all of this. I don’t understand what’s so hard for tennis players to understand.
“Like, you’re just a tennis player. Do you know what I mean? It’s not life and death like this is.”