Nicholas Hilmy "Nick" Kyrgios (born 27 April 1995) is an Australian professional tennis player. He won the boys' singles event at the 2013 Australian Open and the boys' doubles event at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Kyrgios's biggest achievements to date are reaching the quarterfinals of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, defeating ATP number 1 Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet en route, and the quarter finals of the 2015 Australian Open where he lost to Andy Murray in straight sets.
Kyrgios was born in Canberra, Australia. He is the son of a Greek father, Giorgos ("George") and a Malaysian mother, Norlaila ("Nill"), who comes from the Malaysian town of Gombak, Selangor. His father is a self-employed house painter and his mother is a computer engineer. His mother was born in Malaysia as a princess but dropped the title when she moved to Australia in her twenties.He is the third of three children; his brother, Christos, is a lawyer, and his sister, Halimah, is an actress. Kyrgios attended Radford College until Year 8 and completed his Year 12 certificate in 2012 at Daramalan College in Canberra.He is of the Greek Orthodox faith and always wears a gold necklace with a cross on it.
Kyrgios was a promising basketball player who had represented the Australian Capital Territory and Australia in his early teens before making the decision to focus solely on tennis when he was 14 years old.Two years later he gained a full scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he was able to further develop his tennis. In 2013, Kyrgios relocated his training base from Canberra to Melbourne Park in an attempt to further his career with better facilities and hitting partners. A year later Tennis ACT announced a $27 million redevelopment of the Lyneham Tennis Centre in Canberra to lure Kyrgios back home and host Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.Kyrgios confirmed in January 2015 that he would return home and base himself out of Canberra. He also donated $10,000 towards the Lyneham Tennis Centre redevelopment.
Kyrgios is an avid fan of the Boston Celtics in the NBA and Tottenham Hotspur in English football's Premier League. His sports idol is NBA player Kevin Garnett. His idols growing up were Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan.
2015: second major quarterfinal, maiden ATP final and top 30
Kyrgios began his season at the Sydney International, but lost his opening match against Jerzy Janowicz in three tightly contested sets. This was followed by an appearance at the Australian Open, where he received direct entry due to his ranking for the first time. He defeated Federico Delbonis in a five-set thriller in his opening match, before going on to beat the 23rd seed Ivo Karlović in the second round and then Malek Jaziri in straight sets in the third. He then faced Andreas Seppi, who had just beaten Roger Federer in his previous match, in the fourth round. Kyrgios fell two sets behind and faced a match point late in the fourth set but recovered to win in five sets, the final set lasting 14 games. He thus became the first teenage male to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals since Federer in 2001, and the first Australian male to reach the quarterfinals since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, and the first Australian of any gender since Jelena Dokić in 2009. Kyrgios lost to eventual finalist Andy Murray in the quarterfinals in three sets. Following the tournament, he reached a career-high ranking of no. 35 in the world.He later withdrew from tournaments in Marseille and Dubai due to a back injury he suffered during the Australian Open.In Indian Wells, he served for the match against Grigor Dimitrov, but rolled his ankle and ultimately lost. He stated he would be out 4–6 weeks due to the ankle injury.
He returned in the Barcelona Open. After receiving a bye in the first round, he would lose in three sets against fellow 19-year-old Elias Ymer. At the Estoril Open, Nick reached the final of an ATP tournament for the first time in his career, after defeating Albert Ramos in three sets and over two hours, Filip Krajinovic in two sets, Robin Haase under an hour and Pablo Carreno-Busta in nearly two hours. He then lost to the fifth seed Richard Gasquet in the final in straight sets. During the tournament, Kyrgios did advertisements promoting the event, an autograph and photo session and became a 20-year-old.
At the Madrid Open a week later, Kyrgios defeated world number two and 17-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the second round, saving two match points in the final set tie-break in the process.He then had a three-set loss to John Isner in the third round.Prior to his finalist appearance at Estoril and round-of-16 finish in Madrid, Kyrgios had the unique distinction of having won more matches in Grand Slams (10 wins) than on the regular ATP Tour (2 wins).
Later in May at the French Open, Kyrgios was seeded 29th, his first Grand Slam seeding. He won in straight sets in the first round against Uzbekistani Denis Istomin.He then received a walkover into the third round after his scheduled second round opponent, Kyle Edmund, withdrew with injury.In the third round, he lost in straight sets to third seed Andy Murray.In the doubles, Kyrgios and partner Mahesh Bhupathi lost in straight sets in the first round to wild cards Thanasi Kokkinakis and Lucas Pouille.
Seeded 26th at Wimbledon, Kyrgios opened with straight-set victories over Argentines Diego Schwartzman and Juan Mónaco in the first and second rounds respectively.In the third round, despite losing the first set, he advanced past seventh seed Milos Raonic before losing to Richard Gasquet in the fourth round, squandering set points in the fourth. Kyrgios fell out of the top 40 in the rankings following the tournament.
2016: Hopman Cup champion and first ATP title
Kyrgios began his year at the Hopman Cup alongside Daria Gavrilova as part of the Australia Green team. In the round robin, Australia Green won 3–0 against Germany, with Kyrgios winning his singles match against Alexander Zverev in three sets, and later partnering Gavrilova for a three-set win in the mixed doubles. In his second round robin tie against Great Britain, Kyrgios recorded his first ever win against then World Number 2 Andy Murray in straight sets and he also won the doubles with Gavrilova in three sets, to claim a 2–1 win over the British team. He went on to win the Hopman Cup with Gavrilova, defeating Ukraine in the final which earned Kyrgios his first professional title of any category of professional tennis on the World Tour.
Kyrgios won his maiden ATP title at the Open 13 in Marseille by defeating world number ten Richard Gasquet in the quarter final, world number eight Tomáš Berdych in the semi final and world number twelve Marin Čilić in the final, all in straight sets.
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