Athletes who hate their jobs

While the watching public may feel that sportsmen and women have it all, many of the athletes themselves aren't that enamoured with their profession, some may never have enjoyed it, others have grown to hate it. Kyrgios falls into the first category.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Kygrios said: “I love basketball. I don’t really like the sport of tennis that much. I don’t love it. It was crazy when I was 14. I was all for basketball and I made the decision to play tennis. I got pushed by my parents and to this day I can still say I don’t love the sport."

Kygrios isn't alone in loathing his chosen sport…

Andre Agassi

Few athletes have made such statements of contempt with their chosen profession than Agassi. Writing in his autobiography, Open, Agassi said: "I play tennis for a living even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion and always have." 

The former world number one said that at times near the end of his career it was a struggle to get out of bed, he was mentally and physically spent and felt like he could not carry on.

Vic Marks

Former England cricketer Vic Marks, who played six Test matches and 34 one-day internationals for the Three Lions, is of the opinion that many cricketers wish that the weather would put pay to their day in the field. 

“Sometimes as a cricketer,” he said, “you just long for it to rain.” But why? “So you don’t have to play. I’m not saying cricketers hate cricket, but when you’re playing a county game and the sky darkens and it starts to piss down, it doesn’t half fill everybody in the dressing room with joie de vivre.”

Adam Dunne

While Dunne himself may not have come right out and made his indifference for baseball known, the Major League Baseball veteran was well known as someone who didn't care enough to work on the aspects of his game that weren't up to scratch.

Dunne was a fantastic hitter, but didn't care much for fielding. He was rated the worst fielder in MLB in 2009 and his lackadaisical attitude annoyed many.

When Dunn was a free agent in 2009 after leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays general manager J. P. Ricciardi was asked on a radio call-in why his franchise weren't considering Dunn. Ricciardi, who would later apologise, had this to say: "Do you know the guy doesn't really like baseball that much? Do you know the guy doesn't have a passion to play the game that much? How much do you know about the player? There's a reason why you're attracted to some players and there's a reason why you're not attracted to some players. I don't think you'd be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here." 

Stuart James

James, who briefly turned out for Swindon Town and now writes for The Guardian, believes that many footballers would prefer not to play every weekend even though fans think they have the job of dreams.“Lots of players I know would travel to the ground hoping the game would be cancelled,” said James. “Fans say: ‘You’ve got it good, you’re on hundreds of thousands of pounds a week, so how can you moan?’—but most football players think the fans don’t really understand what their lives are like.”

 

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