Nick Kyrgios is an Australian professional tennis player, renowned as one of the most colourful characters in the game today.
Name: Nick Kyrgios
Born: April 27, 1995
Turned Pro: 2013
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Born on the 27th of April, 1995, in Canberra, Australia, Nick Kyrgios is one of the most controversial players of his generation. Undoubtedly naturally gifted, Kyrgios wears his heart on his sleeve and this has meant he has never been far from a code violation or a record-breaking fine.
Born to a Greek father and a Malaysian mother, Kyrgios began his junior career in 2008 at 13 years old. Two years later, Kyrgios would lift his first piece of silverware, winning an ITF junior tour title in Fiji. Kyrgios would make his junior Grand Slam debut at the 2011 Australian Open, losing in the third round to American, Mac Styslinger.
In 2013, Kyrgios would go even better and claim his sole junior Grand Slam title, beating fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6, 6-3 in the final of the boys' singles Australian Open.
Turning professional in 2013, Kyrgios would make his senior Grand Slam debut at Rolland Garros, aged just 18. Emerging victorious from a gruelling first-round battle with Radek Štěpánek 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, Kyrgios would fall to a straight sets defeat to Marin Čilić in the second round. Kyrgios would also qualify for the 2013 US Open, losing to David Ferrer in the first round.
2014 would see the biggest sign yet of Kyrgios’s potential as the Australian reached his first career Grand Slam quarter-final on his Wimbledon debut. After overcoming Stéphane Robert in the opening match, Kyrgios would come back from two sets down to defeat Richard Gasquet in an instant classic. Again coming from behind to beat Jiří Veselý in four sets in the third round set up a last-16 tie against the great Rafa Nadal.
In the biggest match of his life so far, Kyrgios shone. Playing some freakishly good tennis, Kyrgios would defeat Nadal 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. Despite losing in the quarter-finals to Milos Raonic, Kyrgios had announced himself on the biggest stage and rose to 66 in the world rankings.
At the 2015 Australian Open, Kyrgios would prove his Wimbledon wasn’t just a flash in the pan as wins over Federico Delbonis, Ivo Karlović, Malek Jaziri and Andreas Seppi saw him reach another Grand Slam quarter-final. Andy Murray would prove a step too far for Kyrgios in the quarters but he was now on the verge of breaking into the top 32 for the first time.
Returning to Wimbledon in 2015, Kyrgios made it to the fourth round before losing to Richard Gasquet, however it was his on-court antics that would overshadow his play. After receiving a number of code violations, Kyrgios made headlines for the wrong reasons.
Kyrgios’s first ATP Tour Title came at the 2016 Open 13 in Marseille, defeating Cilic in straight sets in the final. A second title came later that year in Atlanta as Kyrgios was victorious over John Isner before winning his first ATP World Tour 500 series title in Tokyo, at the 2016 Japan Open Tennis Championships, beating David Goffin.
In 2022, Kyrgios had his most successful year to date. Claiming Grand Slam glory for the first time, winning the doubles at the Australian Open alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis, becoming the first all-Australian pair to win the title since 1997. Kyrgios also reached his first career Grand Slam singles final, losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios started the year 2023 on a low note, missing the Australian Open due to a knee injury. This was a significant setback as the Australian Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments and a highlight of the tennis calendar. His knee injury also caused him to miss the French Open.
Unfortunately, his injury woes didn’t end there. Kyrgios was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon, one of the most prestigious tournaments in tennis, due to a wrist injury. This was particularly disappointing as he had reached the final of Wimbledon in 2022.
Despite these setbacks, Kyrgios did manage to participate in several tournaments throughout the year 2023. He played his first singles match since October at the Stuttgart Open in Germany in June. However, he was defeated 7-5 6-3 in the opening round by China’s Wu Yibing.
Kyrgios’ current ranking stands at 469 with 90 points. His performance in 2023 has not been up to his usual standards, with a win-loss record of 0-1 for singles matches.
In conclusion, while 2023 was a difficult year for Nick Kyrgios due to injuries, his talent and determination suggest that he will bounce back stronger. Tennis fans around the world will be looking forward to seeing what he can achieve in the coming years.
Never far from a code violation or a fine, Kyrgios has had a number of high-profile spats with his fellow pros including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Djokovic and Casper Ruud. Whilst his fiery temperament sometimes gets the better of him, Kyrgios has also been very outspoken on his own mental health issues and the pressures that come with being labelled “the next big thing in tennis."
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