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Mike Tyson says TENNIS ‘changed my life’ and reveals daughter is budding star

BOXING legend Mike Tyson has revealed that TENNIS has ‘changed his life’ after seeing daughter Milan become obsessed with the sport.

The Baddest Man on the Planet is a regular attendee of tennis matches and has been spotted front and centre at the US Open and Indian Wells on numerous occasions.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson meets tennis superstar Novak Djokovic

Boxing legend Mike Tyson meets tennis superstar Novak DjokovicCredit: GETTY
The Baddest Man on the Planet is a regular attendee at tennis tournaments

The Baddest Man on the Planet is a regular attendee at tennis tournamentsCredit: GETTY
Iron Mike was turned on to the sport by his daughter Milan

Iron Mike was turned on to the sport by his daughter MilanCredit: GETTY

Tyson, however, wasn’t turned on to the sport by chance – it was daughter Milan who helped him develop a love for the game.

During a podcast with Serena William‘s head coach Patrick Mouratoglou, he admitted: “It broadened my horizons and I’m grateful to be involved and meeting everybody.

“It changed our life. Our whole life has changed over tennis.

“I thought we were doing well and everything and everything we were doing was making money, but that’s not bigger than my daughter playing tennis.

“She’s bigger than everything in our life now.

“I see her transcending into something she would never have before if she hadn’t got involved in tennis.

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“She has confidence. At 11/12 years old, she has confidence in herself.”

Tyson believes Milan is chip off the old block when it comes to her dedication to the sport.

He continued: “She is disciplined in her own.

“She gets up, cooks her meals, takes a shower and goes to the gym every day at 7 or 8am.

“She stays there until 4pm. She is very diligent and she wants to do this.”

Milan’s dedication at such a young age is a source of great pride for Iron Mike.

The dotting dad said: “I’m very proud to have someone in my family who understands that sometimes things don’t go your way.

“That’s what life is about, sometimes things don’t go your way and you handle your situations and misfortunes.”

Just as he does in boxing, Tyson has several favourites in tennis.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is Mike Tyson's favourite player

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is Mike Tyson’s favourite playerCredit: GETTY

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is the former undisputed heavyweight champion’s must-watch player at this moment in time.

He said of the Serbian: “Novak Djokovic is my favourite at the moment. If he is okay, I really like to watch him.

“He is my favourite because the way he has come back from injury and beaten guys like Nadal and Federer is amazing. He is a true fighter.”

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