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
Nick Kyrgios of Australia is one of the most exciting prospects not only in men’s tennis but in world sport. He is a former world junior number 1, winning the Australian Open boys singles title in January 2013 as well as three Grand Slam doubles titles, Nick was also a crucial team member of the winning Australian Junior Davis Cup team. 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 and the first man to do so ranked outside the top 100 since 1992. At the US Open in 2014 the young Aussie reached the third round (dispatching 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. At the start of 2015 Nick reconfirmed the considerable faith in his abilities by reaching his second grand slam quarter final as a teenager and 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. 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 reached his first ATP singles final at the clay court event in Estoril where he lost to Richard Gaquet. Nick showed his clay court form in Estoril was no fluke and followed this up with an impressive three sets win over Roger Federer at the Madrid masters. During the grass court season, Nick showed his 2014 showing at Wimbledon was no one off as he reached the fourth round, enjoying a routine win over Milos Raonic on the way. Nick would end 2015 inside the worlds top 30 for the first time. In 2016 Nick would help Australia to their first Hopman Cup title in 17 years as he teamed with Daria Gavrilova to entertain the Perth crowd with some exquisite tennis. At the 2016 Australian Open Nick reached the third round (lost to Berdych) but quickly rebounded to win his first ATP title in impressive fashion beating three top tenners on the way all without losing serve. Nick would go on to reach the semi finals in Miami (beating Raonic), these results helped Nick secure a top 20 ranking for the first time. Nick would reach at least the third round at all four majors in 2016 for the first and he added ATP titles number two and three when he won the ATP 250 in Atlanta and the ATP 500 in Tokyo, moving Nick to inside the worlds top 15 for the first time.
Nick started the year strong by winning all his matches at the 2016 Hopman Cup with wins against Sasha Zverev, Sasha Dolgopolov and Andy Murray to help Australia win their first Hopman Cup in 17 years. Nick would go on to the third round at the Australian Open and despite putting up a brave battle, he succumbed to Thomas Berdych in four sets. In February Nick won his first ATP Title in Marseille, blowing away the field without dropping serve or losing a set, a feat that no other player has ever achieved when winning their first title. During this period Nick as able to gain revenge over Berdych by beating him in both Marseille and Dubai in straight sets both times. Nick would go on to reach the semi finals of the Miami masters beating Milos Raonic en-route in straight sets to give him his first top 20 ranking. On the clay Nick opened up in Estoril again and reached the semi finals before going out in a tight two setter to the eventual winner Nicholas Almagro. In Madrid Nick enjoyed a fine win over Stan Wawrinka to reach the quarter finals where he lost to Kei Nishikori in the match of the tournament. Nick followed this up with another good showing in Rome where he again beat Milos Raonic before losing to the King of clay, Rafa Nadal in a tense and hard fought three set battle, showing the world that he is a match for the very best on any surface. Nick’s consistent, high level tennis helped him secure another new career high ranking after Rome at number 19, assuring Nick received his highest ever seeding at a slam for the 2016 French Open. Nick would once again reach the fourth round at Wimbledon before falling to eventual champion Andy Murray, before adding his second career ATP title in Atlanta. Nick followed this up with a third round finish at the US Open before retiring injured against Ijla Marchenko. Nick would make a winning return to Davis Cup action as he helped Australia remain in the world group by beating Slovakia in Sydney. During the Asian swing, Nick added title number three, which is also the biggest to date by winning the ATP 500 in Tokyo to lift his ranking to a new career high of 13 on the ATP World Tour.
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 on the ATP Tour. Away from the courts Nick enjoys being with his family and friends, watching and playing basketball and playing video games or spending quality time with his girlfriend, fellow Australian tennis professional Ajla Tomjlanovic. A lover of Malay and Greek food, Nick is often found in Melbourne or Canberra entertaining his friends at many of the great restaurants. Nick is somewhat of car buff and enjoys driving down to the coast or Sydney with his friends in his downtime. Nick is a massive supporter of several charities including under privileged-children, cancer research and the Elena Baltacha Foundation and is often known to make several donations or instigate different initiatives throughout the year. Social media followers of Nick will also know he is a big lover of animals and loves nothing more than spending time with his three dogs, Thor, Papa and the newest addition to the Kyrgios family, King.