IMG Joins The Team

It was announced on Saturday that WME IMG have joined forces with Nick’s long time management company Global Sporting Connections in relation tomanaging and handling Nick’s professional career.

Nick will continue to be managed by John Morris of GSC in this joint venture but they will work closely with Carlos Fleming at WME IMG. Nick is excited about the potential opportunities in working with the worlds largest sports and entertainment management company “I’m pleased we have managed to pull this together, I am looking forward to having WME IMG join my existing team and alongside John Morris, I can not wait to start working with Carlos Fleming. I am excited about the possibilities that lay ahead and I am keen to get moving.”

AO15 Begins

Nick Kyrgios AO15
Hi Guys,
The first day of the Australian Open 2015 is here and, to be honest, I feel like a kid at Christmas as I look forward to the Aussie Open more than any other event.
I guess it’s to do with childhood memories, travelling down to watch matches and then as I got older hoping I’d be playing at the Nationals at Melbourne Park and later the Australian Open juniors
It’s just such a special event and holds so many great memories for me.
The place has changed a lot over the years, and that’s down to Craig Tiley and his team doing a great job.
I was fortunate enough to open the new Margaret Court Arena back in September, it’s an amazing facility and just blew me away when I saw it finished and now I will be playing the night match on it against Federico Delbonis.
I can’t wait as the last time I played on MCA was against Benoit Paire and it’s still the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in front of, I’m just hoping the crowd come out and support again and I can experience those feelings again but of course with a different outcome.
Training has gone well, it’s no secret I’ve been struggling with my back and I would have liked to have more matches in both Perth and Sydney coming in but that wasn’t to be.
I’ll have to go out and compete with whatever I have  on the night, and I can assure you I will be leaving nothing to chance.
These are the events we work hard for all year and when your career is over these are the events on which you will be measured, I’m so aware of that and have a constant drive to be ready to fire it up at the majors. I really can’t wait to get going.
The Aussies actually have favourable draws for a change, apart from Thanasi we all have matches on paper we would back ourselves to win but watch out for the Kokk
He’s playing some big ball and can cause the upset. None of the matches are going to be easy and Federico is a great pro and I’m expecting a huge battle out on MCA.
The weekend leading in to the Open is always a hectic one, players are becoming more anxious about the event starting and then you have the customary nerves which always make for some pretty heated practice sessions as well as conversations at the lunch table too.
I had a lot of press on Sunday which is mandatory for all players to give a press conference and interviews to the Australian Open broadcasters or official media partners, I’m getting used to these sort of things now and am breezing through them now although to be honest I could do without them.
Saturday was a pretty big day for me too, we announced that WME and IMG would be partnering with my existing management company GSC.
It’s an exciting prospect and I’m looking forward to working with WME IMG.
My manger John Morris will remain in his role and we will have Carlos Fleming as our point of contact at WME IMG, I’ll also have access to the IMG academy in Florida which I love training at, so it works on so many levels.
We also had the Australian Open kids day presented by Nickelodeon which was such great fun out on Rod Laver Arena, I was on a team with Thanners and Genie Bouchard against Vika, Ana Ivanovic and Roger Federer. It was a great experience and a great opportunity to get out in front on the crowd on RLA which is one of the best arenas in world tennis.
I have to give a special mention to Lleyton Hewitt who is appearing in his 19th straight Open.
What an achievement and an unbelievable sign of his longevity at the top of the game and with the eyes of the world on Melbourne watching the Australian Open, let’s get behind all the Aussies and show that Australian tennis is re-emerging as a major force in world tennis and we can mix it with the very best in the business.
NK
Hearld Sun

Goodbye 2014 and Thanks!!

NK Newk Medal 2014

Hey Guys,

So let’s get this out the way early….Sorry I haven’t wrote a blog in a while but hopefully this one can make up for it!

It’s been a crazy few months for me yet again and I really have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure 2014 has not been a dream. Most of you will know that I cut my season short to recover from some injuries and give myself the chance to recharge and hit the ground running in my pre-season although there were some outlets that were using the “tennis burn out” headlines which could not be further from the truth, in fact it’s the opposite as I was resting and recovering to make sure I don’t suffer burn out, as often so many players have not listened to their body and have just kept training and competing, chasing dollars and ranking points and for me, I don’t need to do that as I am only 19 and I intend on having a long career and hopefully playing at the highest levels for the best part of two decades and I need to take care of myself mentally and physically if I am to have that type of longevity.

While I was off it gave me a great opportunity to spend sometime with my friends back in Canberra, I have a good group of friends that always come over to the house and hangout, shoot some hoops or head in to town and eat too much food. It’s great really as we have been friends since we were young and we have all gone off in different career paths, such as real estate agent, carpenter and builder and it’s great to just meet up and do what we have always done. For me, I need these guys as it enables me to just be me and goof around playing video games and just generally being a 19 year old, our house is always full when I am home and my Mum is always running after us and making sure we are behaving but also making sure we are well fed and watered, what more could we ask for?!

I was also fortunate enough to be nominated for the Newcombe Medal, I was first nominated last year and we all travelled down as a family and had a great time and this year my mum, dad, brother and his girlfriend all travelled down again and stayed in the Crowne in Melbourne, myself and Thanasi discussed what to wear and I made my mind up pretty early and really ruffled some feathers in a purple Ted Baker suit, I absolutely love it. It was so much fun and awesome to be spending the evening alongside so many of Australia’s tennis greats. As the evening went on I had a few red wines (which I don’t normally do) and then when it came time to announcing the winner, I heard my name be called and I wasn’t sure if I was hearing things or had drunk too much? I was so stoked to win and my Mum let out the biggest scream, my brother Christos was so pumped too, it was amazing really and I was so honoured be nominated alongside the likes of Casey and Lleyton but to win is just another level and I am grateful to the panel for picking me.

After the Newcombe Medal I went to play the new IPTL and I have to say, OMG it was amazing and I absolutely loved it, it was fast paced, exciting, fun and the crowd atmosphere and participation was unbelievable. I played for the Singapore Slammers and was on a team with Tomas Berydch (Aussie Tom), Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Rafter, Dani Hantuchova, Bruno Soares, Andre Agassi and Serena Williams with our captain being Josh Eagle. To say we all got on would be an understatement, it was amazing and I have made some friends here for life. Josh and Pat really helped capture a team spirit by doing some subtle things such as a Whatsapp group, taking a bus in to the stadium rather than cars and also arranging team dinners and we were able to create a team feel that no other team had, okay granted we struggled to finish top four but we were also incredibly unlucky on the court and I know next year we will do much better, I just hope we are still the same individuals making up the Slammers.

Swinging my towel at IPTL NBA style!

Swinging my towel at IPTL NBA style!

The league took in four cities in three weeks, starting in Manila followed by Singapore, Delhi and then Dubai, it was amazing from start to finish and we were treated so, so well. The hotels were immense, the food was always great, the service was world class and  I even took my first trip on a private jet which was awesome. Mahesh, Morgan, Lyn and their team really looked after each and everyone of us and our guests, it was truly memorable and I can’t wait for next year. Aside from all the star treatment I was also lucky to see some of the games greats at close hand, I learned a lot from Aussie Tom (Berdych), Lleyton, Dani, Serena and Pat and it was also priceless listening to the likes of Agassi, Sampras and Philippoussis, I definitely learned a lot from these guys and have already made some changes in how I go about things just by what I learned and observed from these greats. There really was so much that happened in the three weeks of this year’s IPTL and I could probably write a book about it all, you never know I just might!!

Malaysian Airlines Launch

Malaysian Airlines Launch

After the IPTL I went back to train in Canberra for a week and then I travelled down to Sydney to launch my new partnership with Malaysian Airlines. I am so happy to be working with them, and I look forward to moving forwards with them positively as my airline of choice. It is certainly an advantage for me to arrive rested and fresh for my tournaments and I have no doubt it will help me gain an upper hand on my competitors.

Christmas was spent at home and it was awesome that my sister Hali came over from London before taking up a new contract in Japan, so all three of the Kyrgios crew were at home which meant Mama K had her hands full, just how she likes it!! We had a huge lamb spit and invite some family and friends round for dinner which just added to the day, it was a truly awesome day and I feel very lucky at being able to spend my Christmas with my family as so many are not able.

So 2014 has had it’s ups and downs, although I have to say the highs far outweigh the lows. It has been a special year for me and one I will look back on with fondness as I am hugely grateful for everything I have achieved this year and I am working hard to build on this year and make it the first step on the ladder to something special.

Lastly I would like to thank all of you guys for your support and love, it certainly makes getting out of bed in the morning easier knowing you have the backing and support of so many people all over the world and it really helps drive me on to achieve, so thank you and I hope your Christmas and New Year are everything you deserve and have worked and prayed for.

Much love,

NK

Nick Is The New face Of Malaysian Airlines

Nick Kyrgios

Nick has signed an agreement to become the new face of Malaysian Airlines, having flown Malaysian Airlines frequently over the years Nick is looking forward to working with the Kuala Lumpur based airline “I am so pleased and honoured to be working with Malaysian Airlines, as you all know my Mum is Malaysian and I am deeply proud of my Malaysian heritage and to partner with such a prestigious airline that is also Malaysian is a dream come true and I look forward to flying with them and arriving fresh and ready to go at my future tournaments.”

Nick Wins The Newcombe Medal

NK Newk Medal 2014

Nick has been awarded the highest accolade in Australian Tennis after being awarded the Newcombe medal at the Tennis Australia Awards, which is a glitzy annual end of year award ceremony acknowledging the good and the great of Australian Tennis and their achievements and services to tennis.

Named after former world number one and three time Wimbledon champion John Newcombe, the main award is very much a highly thought of and well coveted prize amongst the very best in Australian Tennis. Nick who stunned his fellow guests by donning a purple suit to take home the best fashion sense award before the night had got started was nominated last year and was this year named the youngest ever winner of the Newk Medal “I am just so stoked to win this award, also a little surprised if truth be known as I thought Casey was nailed on to win it. We have both had great years and to share this platform with many of the greats of our game is very special.”

Nick would go on to thank all the members of his team and even had a touching mention for former coach Simon Rae, a rare glimpse in to the softer side of the man who has taken professional tennis by storm this year.

Nick will no head to the IPTL which kicks off in Manila later this week.

Nick Meets The Spurs

Nick enjoyed a flying visit to London this past week and whilst in the UK capital he took time out form his busy schedule to meet his favourite premier league football team Tottenham Hotspur.

Nick was shown around the new training ground which is in North London and was hugely impressed by the state of the art facilities “I was so impressed with the set up at Spurs’ training ground. When I am in London I would love to train there myself, its truly world class and with that set up you know they will achieve major success in the future.”

nk spurs

During the visit Nick was able to meet several of the players and was presented with a personalised shirt with his favourite player, Adebayor’s number 10 on the back “I met the boss Mauricio, who was really welcoming and I also had a chat with Nabil Bentaleb who seemed a really nice guy. I was pumped to get my own shirt and to have Adebayor on the back was just unreal, he’s a legend in my eyes. The guys were working out pretty hard so I didn’t get to meet or speak to as many as I would have liked but hopefully I can visit again and meet a few more.”

 

New York to Canberra to Cottesloe

Nick Kyrgios US Open 2014

Hey Guys,

It’s been yet another crazy few weeks for me, as you know I made the third round at the US Open with some decent wins of Mikhail Youzhny and Andreas Seppi before going down to Tommy Robredo in a tough battle out on Arthur Ashe Stadium in a night match on the middle Saturday.

For me to play a scheduled night match at the Open was a big thing, its something that I have always wanted to do and something that most players have spoken with each other about doing, it really is about as prime time as it gets in tennis. The stars of other sports, film and music come out to watch and the atmosphere is electric with loud music playing as you enter the court and at the change of ends, there is also a buzz amongst the crowd between points that you just don’t get on any other court or session in the world, I absolutely loved being out there.

I came out flying, I felt so loose and free although prior to the match I was nervous as you like but I embrace the nerves, its a sign I care and I use it to fire the adrenaline too. For a good hour I played near perfect and the court felt huge and the ball was the size of a basketball too, everything was just flowing but Tommy being the experience competitor and total pro he is, hung in there until he found an opening and at 6/3 2/0 I should have gone a double break up and he played a very smart match from then on. He used the slice to good effect and really turned the match on it’s head and from having things going so smoothly I was a little unprepared for the flip and my error count started to rise, then as the match wore on the physical rallies took a toll and I started to have some issues with cramp. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again though, I enjoyed being out there and entertaining a great crowd. This is all still so new to me and I am just learning and there was a lot of learning for me at this year’s US Open, I will go away and improve on what has been highlighted and on what I have learned. That’s a promise!

This US Open was also the first time I have played doubles at a slam, I played with Bernie T which was great fun. We had a tough draw but actually came away from the match thinking we had let it slip through our hands and to then see those guys go on and make the final is a bit of a confidence booster in a way. We can definitely play good doubles together, we both serve and return well and both have good hands, the more we do it the better we will get at it and on top of all that it was a lot of fun too.

So much fun!!

So much fun!!

I went home to Canberra for all of two nights which was tough, I felt like I need a longer time at home and by the way my Mum squeezed me when I got home and left, I’m sure she would agree!! Being away from home is by far the toughest thing about this job, I love what I do and I know I am so so lucky to be able to play tennis for a living but it’s still a work in process for me learning to be on the road so much. I get great support from my coaches, agents etc but my family are also great and make regular trips out to me wherever I am which is so important to me. My Mum takes care of the travelling rota and decides who is going where and when, having their support with me on the road is a massive help.

I am in Cottesloe now preparing for Davis Cup against Uzbek, we are without Bernie who is injured which has made things tougher but we also have Sammie Groth coming in to the team and I’d challenge anyone to feel comfortable against Sam on grass, especially with his rocket of a serve. The team is made up of myself, Lleyton, Gooch, Grothy and my good mate Thanasi Kokkinakis. I’m confident we can put on a show and retake our place back in the world group next year, we love the grass and that mixed with the fire and desire to achieve great things for the Green and Gold in Davis Cup will make us a tough team to beat, I for one can not wait to get started.

It’s getting on a bit here, so I am going to head off and chill out for the rest of the evening before we hit the courts early again in the morning. Before I go I just want to congratulate Kei Nishikori on a great run to the US Open final and also a massive congratulations to Marin Cilic on winning his first major, I’ve been on the receiving end of his big game and I have no doubt he can win many more majors too, its great to see two new faces in a slam final and it only adds to the intrigue and excitement for 2015!!

Speak soon

NK

Nick Achieves New Career High ATP Ranking

Nick has moved up to number 2 in Australia and only 4 spots behind current Australian number 1 and former world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt after achieving a new ATP career high ranking at number 53.

Nick who reached the third round of the US Open is currently in Perth with his Australian Davis Cup team mates as they prepare for their upcoming clash against Uzbekistan at Cottesloe Tennis Club.

State-side Tales

Nick Kyrgios Bonds

Hey Guys,

Its been a week of ups and downs although more ups than downs, I have to admit!!

As you all know I had to withdraw from Cincinnati with some bone stress in my left arm, thankfully the MRI scan showed up no major damage and I’m not at immediate risk of causing a stress fracture either but I do need to protect it and rest it where possible. It was really disappointing to have to withdraw from Cincinnati, it was the first time I have been to Cincinnati and I really liked it and felt so comfortable there. There is a theme park nearby too and myself, Thanasi and Mozza (John Morris) went to King’s Island which was unreal as they have some world class rides, it was a really good afternoon and a great way to get over having to pull out of Cincy. I’ll definitely be back in Cincinnati next year, hopefully making up for having to miss out this year.

When I left Cincinnati we headed straight for IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida. It’s a great facility and somewhere I have trained before and really enjoy going to, there are a whole bunch of Aussie’s and other players here too preparing for the US Open so there are plenty of people to hit and hangout with. I need a new roomie though as Thanners headed off to New York yesterday to play US Open qualies. I am leaving here on Monday and will prepare in New York for a few days ahead of the Open. We really have had a blast here and have played some basketball after training which has been awesome, we’ve managed to get a good group together including Thanners, Todd Langman (TK’s coach), Rory (TK’s trainer), Ryan Harrison, Michael Mmoh, Aki Santillan, Alex Bolt and a few others. I love my basketball and really get in to it, I’m super competitive too so a few of the guys were taken aback a bit but it was all good.

Whilst at the academy I did an interview on Sunrise in Australia to talk about my awesome new partnership with Bonds, it was a shame there were a few technical hitches as I was pumped to talk about the partnership. I’ve had a bit of a ribbing on twitter about saying I don’t wear undies on court, It would be too restrictive to wear undies under my Nike skins but in training when I am not wearing my skins I wear undies and of course whenever I am off court I always wear my Bonds. It’s funny because I have always worn Bonds since I was a kid so to now be working closely with them is great and something I am super excited about as I really believe in the brand and product. I hear my commercial with Pat Rafter has hit the TV now in Australia, it was great fun to do and I felt really comfortable with the team, I thought the concept was funny and I’m looking forward to what they have in store for me next.

On Thursday I hit the malls with Mozza and bought myself a few bits including some new clothes and kicks (sneakers/trainers for you non Aussies) I love shopping in the States (not quite like Mozza though) as you get stuff that is just not available anywhere else and the prices are good too. I bought myself a new wallet as well as a new diamond ear stud, although I’m guessing my Mum didn’t appreciate the call in the middle of the night asking her opinion on whether I should spend that much or not, you’ll be pleased to know I compromised a little. My Mum said don’t buy it and I spent half what I was originally going to spend, I’m pretty sure that’s a compromise, right??

My brother Christos arrives in to New York on Sunday, I’m looking forward to seeing the big man and we have a couple of things planned for next week. We are going to see Drake in Central Park on Tuesday and then going to watch Team USA Vs Puerto Rico in basketball in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, I really can’t wait and am so pumped. I love New York anyway but to have these other things to look forward to really is just awesome.

Anyway guys, I better go as I have physio to do on my arm and another on court session to do before more basketball later today!!

Speak soon

NK

Mastered By Muzza

Nick Kyrgios

Hey Guys,

Greeting from Cincinnati!! I arrived here yesterday from Toronto and I have to say, it is a really cool place. The hotel is awesome, we have rented a car and there are so many restaurants to choose from, what more can a tennis player ask for? So I am sure we are going to have a great week.

As you know I made my Masters 1000 début in Toronto and I managed to get a good win over Santiago Giraldo who is a very good and difficult player, he hits the ball fairly flat and hard which is always tough to deal with on your first match back after a month or so away from matches, so I was really pleased to through it in two sets.

In my next match I played Andy Murray, who has to be the fittest and probably the fastest guy on tour. It was a very difficult match up for me as I wasn’t feeling my best but he tied me up in all sorts of difficult situations tactically and really asked a lot of questions that I couldn’t find answers for on the day. Some of the balls he was getting to were outrageous too, he moves so well and is very rarely off balance, it was a big learning experience as well as an honour for me to play a champion of Andy’s level, I will certainly take a lot away from it and look to improve my game in the areas that he was exploiting.

This week in Cincinnati I am playing qualifying, the draw is not out yet but I am expecting with my new ranking that I will be among the higher seeds when the draw comes out, which counts for nothing unless you put your game on the court. I had a hit here last night with Thanasi Kokkinakis who as you all know is probably my best mate on tour, we played for about an hour under the watchful eye of Josh Eagle, which was good fun and a great session with loads of intensity. I’ve enjoyed my first week with Josh, its been fun with lots of learning and hard work thrown in which is what I need at this stage. Josh has been around a long time and knows everyone and everything about tennis which I am only going to benefit from.

After practice we headed back and got dinner at the hotel and then myself and my manager John Morris headed out to meet Thanasi at Chipotle, it was so funny as it was like the whole draw had descended on Chipotle with so many players in there. I bumped in to Simon in there too, it was great to see him and we had a little catch up. We met up with Bernie Tomic in there too and after that we all headed back to my hotel room to play FIFA14 although John didn’t come as I chopped him in the afternoon 4-0 and 7-0. Hanging out with the guys, relaxing and having fun is exactly what I needed, I love being around my friends on tour enjoying myself away from the courts switching off from tennis, it helps keep my mind fresh.

Anyway guys, I am going to have to go as I have to get ready for breakfast before heading to the courts for another day of hard work and improvements.

Speak soon

 

NK