Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios RG13 (6) (cropped).jpg
Nick Kyrgios playing at Roland Garros 2013
Full name Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios
Country  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Born (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 19)
Canberra, Australia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2013
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Joshua Eagle
Prize money $619,465
Official website nickkyrgios.org
Singles
Career record 7–8
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 58 (11 August 2014)
Current ranking No. 59 (18 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon QF (2014)
US Open 1R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 0–2
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 474 (16 September 2013)
Current ranking No. 1211 (23 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
Last updated on: 7 July 2014.

Nicholas Hilmy "Nick" Kyrgios (Greek: Νικόλαος Χίλμη "Νίκος" Κύργιος; born 27 April 1995)[1] 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 achievement to date is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, defeating Rafael Nadal en route.

Personal life[edit]

Kyrgios was born in Canberra, Australia. He is the son of a Greek father, Giorgos ("George"), and a Malaysian mother, Norlaila ("Nill").[2][3] His father is a self-employed house painter and his mother is a computer engineer.[4] He is the third of three children; his brother, Christos, is a lawyer, and his sister, Halimah, is an actress.[5] Kyrgios attended Radford College until Year 8 and completed his Year 12 certificate in 2012 at Daramalan College in Canberra.[6]

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.[7] Two years later he gained a full scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport where he was able to further develop his tennis. Kyrgios is an avid fan of the Boston Celtics in the NBA.[8]

Junior career[edit]

Kyrgios won his first ITF junior tour title in Fiji in June 2010, aged 15.[9] He started to compete more regularly on the junior tour in 2011, making his junior Grand Slam debut at the 2011 Australian Open. During 2012 he won two junior grand slam doubles titles and rose to world number three, although he had to withdraw from the Wildcard Playoff competition for the 2013 Australian Open due to injury.[10] Moving into 2013, he gained the number 1 junior ranking by defeating Wayne Montgomery in the Traralgon International final.[11] A week later he entered the Australian Open as the juniors number 3 seed and progressed to the final against fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. After saving two set points in the first set, Kyrgios came out victorious 7–6(4) 6–3 to claim his first junior grand slam title.[12]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 3R 2R W 9–2
French Open A 2R 2R 2–2
Wimbledon 1R QF 3R 5–3
US Open A QF A 3–1
Win–Loss 2–2 11–5 9–2 22–9

Professional career[edit]

2012[edit]

In his first round qualifying match at the 2012 Australian Open, Kyrgios won the first set in a tiebreak. However, his opponent Mathieu Rodrigues cruised through the second and third sets to eventually defeat Kyrgios. Kyrgios then competed on the 2012 ITF Men's Circuit for the rest of the season, competing in tournaments in Australia, Germany, Japan and Slovenia. At the end of the season he had reached a semifinal and a quarterfinal in Australian tournaments.

2013[edit]

Nick Kyrgios at the 2013 US Open

Kyrgios commenced the year ranked at number 838 and played his first professional tournament of the year at the 2013 Brisbane International, losing in the first round of qualifying to James Duckworth. He then lost in the first round of qualifying at the 2013 Australian Open to Bradley Klahn in straight sets. After winning the Boys' Singles, Kyrgios said he wanted to make the top 300 by the end of the year.[13]

Following his victory at the Australian Open Boys tournament, he received a wildcard into his first ATP challenger event at the 2013 Charles Sturt Adelaide International. He opened with a win against the sixth seed, Brydan Klein, in the first round. He then proceeded to defeat Suk-Young Jeong and Greg Jones in straight sets to reach the semifinal. He ultimately lost to English player James Ward in three sets in the semifinal. He then played two consecutive Futures tournaments. In the Australia F1 he reached the quarterfinal after defeating Ryan Agar in straight sets, then Jose Statham in three sets. He went down to Michael Venus in the quarterfinals. He then lost to Brydan Klein in the first round of the Australia F2 in straight sets. He was a wildcard at his next tournament, the 2013 Nature's Way Sydney Tennis International. He upset the sixth seed Brydan Klein in two sets in the first round. He went on to defeat Ivo Klec, Greg Jones, and then the fifth seed, Stéphane Robert, to reach his first challenger final. In the final, he defeated fellow countryman Matt Reid in straight sets to win his first challenger tour title at the age of 17.[14]

Kyrgios was given a wildcard into the qualifying competition of the 2013 French Open. However, on 20 May it was announced that John Millman was forced to withdraw from the main draw due to injury, which meant Kyrgios' wildcard was raised to the main draw. This meant he would compete in a main draw of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.[15] In the first round Kyrgios had the biggest win of his career to date against the former world number 8 Radek Stepanek in three sets, each of these ending in tiebreaks, giving him the first ATP Tour level win of his career.[16] Although he ultimately lost to Marin Cilic in the following round, his ranking rose to number 213. Kyrgios later qualified for the 2013 US Open, where he was beaten by 4th seed David Ferrer in his opening match. He reached a new career high of number 186 on 9 September 2013.[17] In October, Kyrgios made the semifinal of the 2013 Sacramento Challenger, before falling to Tim Smyczek.

2014: First Grand Slam Quarterfinal[edit]

Kyrgios was to commence the 2014 season by making his debut at the 2014 Brisbane International after receiving a wildcard.[18] However, he withdrew before the commencement due to a shoulder injury.[19] On 8 January, Kyrgios was awarded a wildcard into the 2014 Australian Open,[20] where he won his first-round match against Benjamin Becker in four sets.[21] He lost in the second round to the 27th seeded Benoit Paire in five sets despite winning the opening two sets.[22]

Kyrgios received a wildcard into the 2014 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, where he lost his first-round match to Tim Smyczek in three sets.[23] Kyrgios was then forced to withdraw from numerous ATP tournaments in Delray Beach and Acapulco due to an elbow injury.[24]

Kyrgios returned at the 2014 Sarasota Open where he reached the final by defeating Jarmere Jenkins, Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo, Donald Young and coming from a set down against Daniel Kosakowski. He defeated Filip Krajinović in straight sets for his second career challenger title.[25] Kyrgios reached the final of the 2014 Savannah Challenger and defeated second seed Jack Sock 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4. Kyrgios received a wildcard into the 2014 French Open. He was defeated in the first round by 8th seed Milos Raonic 6–3, 7–6(7–1), 6–3. Kyrgios won his 4th career challenger title and his 3rd in 2014 when he won the 2014 Aegon Nottingham Challenge beating fellow Australian Sam Groth 7–6(7–3), 7–6(9–7).

In June, Kyrgios received a wildcard to the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. In the first round he defeated Frenchman Stephane Robert 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–1), 6–7(6–8), 6–2 to advance to the second round where he defeated 13th seed, Richard Gasquet 3–6, 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–5, 10–8, after saving nine match points. In the third round, Kyrgios beat Czech Jiri Vesely 3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–2. In the fourth round Kyrgios beat world number one Rafael Nadal 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–3 to become the first male debutant to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Florian Mayer in 2004. The shot of this match was a rear-forehand, half-volley winner from between Kyrgios' legs that David Polkinghorne of The Canberra Times described as "freakish" and "audacious".[26][27] Kyrgios subsequently lost to eighth seed Milos Raonic in four sets. Having reached the quarterfinals, Kyrgios, ranked 144th at the time, broke into the top 100 of the ATP World Rankings for the first time in his career.[28] Following his Wimbledon performance, Kyrgios' ranking rose to 66.[29] He came away with AU$409,806 in prize money for reaching the quarterfinals — having earned just $248,000 in his career before the tournament.

In the Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto following Wimbledon, Kyrgios earned his first ATP World Tour Masters event win with a first-round victory over Santiago Giraldo 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.[30] Kyrgios lost in the second round to 8th-seed Andy Murray by a score of 6-2, 6-2.[31]

National representation[edit]

Davis Cup[edit]

Kyrgios made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in September 2013 against Poland at the age of 18.[32] He replaced fellow countryman Marinko Matosevic in the team after defeating him in a play off during the lead up to the tie. He was selected to pair with Chris Guccione in the crucial doubles rubber that they would end up losing against Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in 5 sets. He then went on to win his first singles rubber, after Michał Przysiężny retired 5 games into the match.

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (5 titles)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challengers (4–0)
ITF Futures (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 3 March 2013 Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Matt Reid 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 15 April 2013 Chengdu, China Hard China Wu Di 3–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 22 April 2013 Yuxi, China Hard Netherlands Boy Westerhof 7–5, 6–1
Winner 4. 20 April 2014 Sarasota, United States Clay Serbia Filip Krajinović 7–6(12–10), 6–4
Winner 5. 27 April 2014 Savannah, United States Clay United States Jack Sock 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Winner 6. 14 June 2014 Nottingham, United Kingdon Grass Australia Samuel Groth 7-6(7–3), 7–6(9–7)

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Wins over top 10 players per season[edit]

2014
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Spain Rafael Nadal 1 Wimbledon Championships, London, England Grass 4R 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–3

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended. This table is correct up to the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q1 2R 1–1
French Open 2R 1R 1–2
Wimbledon A QF 4–1
US Open 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 1–2 5–3 6–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nick KYRGIOS". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ LEO SCHLINK (1 July 2014). "Rod Laver says Nick Kyrgios can put pressure on Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon tonight". NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA. Retrieved 2 July 2014. "Kyrgios’ manager John Morris: “Then you’ve got the mass audience he can potentially reach in Malaysia with his Mum (Norlaila) being half Malaysian and the entire Asian community."" 
  3. ^ Adam Harvey (2 Jul 2014). "Australian tennis hopeful Nick Kyrgios might be 'the one' but first he needs to play Rafael Nadal". ABC. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  4. ^ JACQUELIN MAGNAY (27 June 2014). "Nick Kyrgios now feels the Grand Slam pressure". THE AUSTRALIAN. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Ky/N/Nick-Kyrgios.aspx NICK KYRGIOS: atpworldtour.com
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  7. ^ Pearce, Linda (25 January 2013). "Newly crowned No.1 reaps reward of choosing right court". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Loving The Clay - nickkyrgios.org
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  10. ^ "Kyrgios has sights on Open season". Canberra Times. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nick Kyrgios is the favourite for the boys' championship". The Australian. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nick Kyrgios wins Australian Open boys' singles title". Herald Sun. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Nick Kyrgios ready to jump into big time". The Australian. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Injury cruels Millman’s French bid". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Australian Nick Kyrgios upsets Radek Stepanek in opening round". ABC Grandstand Sport - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
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  23. ^ "Marinko Matosevic and Nick Kyrgios lose first round at the US National Indoor Championships in Memphis". ABC News. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Kyrgios withdraws from Delray Beach and Acapulco". ACELAND Tennis. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "Canberra tennis ace Nick Kyrgios wins Sarasota Open in injury comeback". Port Stephens Examiner. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  26. ^ "Nick Kyrgios hits 'shot of the year' v Nadal - Wimbledon 2014". The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  27. ^ Polkinghorne, David (2 July 2014). "Kyrgios' family celebrates win as cheeky shot goes viral". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  28. ^ "Nick Kyrgios beats Rafa Nadal and says ‘It still hasn’t hit me what I’ve done’". Guardian. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  29. ^ "ATP Rankings". ATP World Tour. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  30. ^ "Andy Murray to face Nick Kyrgios in Rogers Cup in Toronto". 5 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
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  32. ^ "Nick Kyrgios drafted into Australia's Davis Cup squad as Jerzy Janowicz ruled out for Poland". ABC Australia. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

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