Nick Kyrgios

Birth Date: 27/04/1995
Birth Place: Canberra, Australia
Resides: Canberra and Melbourne, Australia
Nationality: Australian
Plays: Right Handed – Two-handed Backhand
Game-Style: Attacking Baseliner
Favourite Surface: Grass
Age Started Tennis: 6
Turned Pro: 2012

Career Highlights

Nick (Nicholas) Kyrgios of Australia is one of the most exciting prospects in men’s tennis. He is a former world junior number 1, winning the Australian Open boys singles title in January 2013 as well as two Grand Slam doubles titles in 2012, at the French Open and Wimbledon. He was also a crucial team member in helping Australia win the Junior Davis Cup.
In July 2014 Nick sensationally defeated world no.1 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships and became the first teenager to defeat a world no. 1 in a Grand Slam event since 2005.
At the US Open the young Aussie reached the third round (despatching of two seasoned pros in Mikhail Youzhny and Andreas Seppi). The slam also marked a ‘changing of the guard’ as Nick overtook Hewitt as the top-ranked Australian tennis player.
Following the US Open Nick went on to play an important role in Australia’s Davis Cup Tie World Group Play-Off, winning the opening day singles rubber against Uzbekistan’s no.1 Denis Istomin before completing the whitewash over their opponents on the final day by defeating Sanjar Fayziev in convincing fashion 6-1 6-1.
So far in 2015 Kyrgios has once again shown his appetite for big-time matches by reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. On the way to the last eight he came back from a two-set deficit, saving a match point in the process, to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 8-6 in the third round. Despite a close-fought second set which led to a tiebreak, a very fired up and focused Murray won 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3. By reaching this stage of the tournament Nick became the first Australian player to reach the Australian Open men’s quarterfinals in a decade, and also the first teenager to reach multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals since Roger Federer in 2001.
Nick is currently 35 in the world rankings.

2014 Highlights

Nick experienced a sensational 2014. He won three Challenger events – Sarasota, Savannah and Nottingham, defeating Filip Krajinovic, Jack Sock and Samuel Groth in the finals. His winning scores being: 7-6, 6-4; 2-6, 7-6,6-4; and 7-6,7-6, respectively.
His exceptional event was Wimbledon, where he stormed to the quarter finals memorably defeating Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal along the way. Eventually he fell in a narrow four set match to Milos Raonic. His achievement was to become the first teenager to defeat a world no. 1 in a Grand Slam event since 2005 and the first wild card to reach Grand Slam quarters on debut for a decade. In his match against Nadal he hit 37 aces despite his opponent being one of the best returners of serve of all time.
Nick made changes to his coaching team following his quarter final appearance at Wimbledon. He was previously being coached by Simon Rea, and is now under the supervision of Australian Davis Cup Coach, Josh Eagle, alongside his former coach and mentor Todd Larkham. He remains indebted to Rea for his exceptional efforts on behalf of the young Aussie.
Despite a persistent arm injury, Nick opened his account at the US Open, defeating two-time semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny 7-5 , 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-6 (7-1). Youzhny, seed no. 21, was unable to defend against 26 aces and 68 winners hit by Nick during his four set win against the Russian. He then dispatched Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 earning him a third-round match with the experienced no. 16 seed Tommy Robredo, but narrowly lost in a thrilling four setter 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 3-6.
Following the US Open Nick went on to play an important role in Australia’s Davis Cup Tie World Group Play-Off, winning the opening day singles rubber against Uzbekistan’s no.1 Denis Istomin before completing the whitewash over their opponents on the final day by defeating Sanjar Fayziev in convincing fashion 6-1 6-1.

Year to Date

So far in 2015, Kyrgios, in front of his home nation crowd, has once again shown that he is a big time player by reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. In his first round match he beat Federico Delbonis in a five set thriller 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3. Nick then outplayed his second round opponent Ivo Karlovic in four sets winning 7-6(4) 6-4 5-7 6-4. Malek Jaziri also could not stop Nick in the third round, with the young Australian beating him in convincible fashion 6-3 7-6(6) 6-1. It was however in the fourth round that Nick really showed his fighting spirit; coming back from a two-set deficit, and saving a match point in the process, to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 8-6. In the quarterfinals, despite a close-fought second set which led to a tiebreak, a very fired up and focused Murray won 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3. Injury then prevented Nick playing the regular tour events but he returned in Indian Wells, where he won his first round before losing in three tight sets to Grigor Dimitrov after spraining his ankle on his own match point.

Nick’s finest event would be the Estoril ATP 250 on clay, where Nick stormed through to the final, playing France’s Richard Gasket, where he would eventually go down 6-3 6-2. This would prove to be great experience in his first ATP tour final. A week later at the Madrid Masters, Nick played one of his best matches yet, beating the 17 time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 7-6(12, showing real guts and fight under pressure in three tie break sets against the best in the game.

This clay court promise continued for Nick and at Roland Garros he reached the R32, facing Britain’s Andy Murray who Nick has never beaten. Nick played explosive tennis but the wise Brit showed tactical nouse over the young Australian to prevail. By no means a bad result for Kyrgios. The next Grand Slam was just around the corner – Wimbledon, where Nick battled through two round before beating #7 seed Milos Raonic 5-7 7-5 7-6(3) 6-3 in an impressive show of grass court tennis. Unfortunately, the heroics of 2014 could not be matched and Gasquet was Nick’s conquerer in 4 sets.

The US Open at Flushing Meadows would prove to be a tough draw for Nick, with former champion Andy Murray in the first round. The match was entertaining from start to finish but again experience paid off for Murray winning 3 sets to 1. Nick would continue to play on the ATP tour reaching the semi final in Kuala Lumpur, a place special to him given his heritage, and the quarter final in Tokyo – losing to the ultimate winner Benoit Paire.

Personal

Nick was born to parents George, who originates from Greece, and mother Norlaila, who is from Malaysia. Nick is a very outgoing person who enjoys a practical joke or two, and it is these traits that make him such a popular figure among his peers. Away from the courts Nick enjoys being with his family and friends, watching and playing basketball and playing video games.

Links

https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios
nickkyrgios.org/

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