He’s the Australian sports star that tennis fans love… or hate to hate. And he’s in the news again. We look at the many highs and lows of Nick Kyrgios.
Kyrgios is set to appear in court in the ACT in August, with his legal team saying their client “took the matter seriously”.
“The nature of the allegation is serious and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously,” attorney Jason Moffett said.
“As the case is in court…he has no comment at this time, but we will issue a press release in due course,” Mr Moffett said.
Just days before Kyrgios heavily fined for spitting at fans in his first round win, before taking a . played fiery match against Greek Stefanos Tsitipaswho hit a ball into the crowd and repeatedly tried to hit Kyrgios in the body from close range.
The pair traded barbs after the game and both were fined for infractions during the game.
Just the latest controversies in the life and career of a sports star that the public loves and loves to hate.
Kyrgios was born in 1995 in Canberra.
His father, George, is of Greek descent while his mother, Norlaila, is Malaysian.
He is the youngest of three children behind brother Christos and sister Halimah.
according to his bio on the Tennis Australia websiteoutside of sports, Krygios likes to play Xbox and sometimes takes his console abroad when he plays tournaments.
Kyrgios started playing tennis at the age of four.
At the age of eight, he won the 2013 boys’ Australian Open junior title by beating South Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis, with whom Krygios would go on to win the men’s doubles final at the 2022 Australian Open, confirming their nickname as the Special Ks. Krygios turns pro in 2013.
Despite his obvious talents on the tennis court, Krygios is an avid fan of basketball and at age 14 he made the choice to pursue tennis over basketball.
He is currently number 2 in Australia and number 40 on the ATP Tour.
In 2016, he reached a career highest singles ranking of 13.
He has won 184 matches and lost 109 and bagged six titles and total career earnings just under $10 million in both singles and doubles.
TENNIS INFLATE AND MELTING
One of the defining features of Krygios’ career in top tennis has been his frequent encounters with referees, opponents, overwhelming spectators and questions from investigative journalists with whom Krygios has at times had a tense relationship.
Among Kyrgios’ most notable antics on the pitch;
■ 2015 Montreal Masters:Sled Swiss star Stan Wawrinka by claiming that compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with his girlfriend.
French Open, 2017: Saddened after the death of his grandfather, asked for a beer during a match against Kevin Anderson from South Africa.
■ Italian Open 2019† Walked off the track after slamming his racket into the clay, kicking a water bottle and throwing a chair. Was given notice of default for his second round match
Cincinnati Masters 2019: Was fined $113,000 for a list of violations, including unsportsmanlike conduct, misuse of the ball, obscenity, and verbal abuse.
Miami Open, March 2022:Launched a tirade of verbal abuse against umpire Carlos Bernardes and smashed his racket after a loss in the fourth round.
■ATP Houston Event, April 2022: launched a fiery tirade against a referee during a game against American Reilly Opelka after Opelka returned a service that Kygios thought was out.
Wimbledon, June 2022:Called on fans, calling a linesman a “snitch”† Spat at harassing fans after match point.
NICK COPS DEATH THREATS, BAD ABUSE
After its eruption in Houston, Kyrgios shared examples of some of the despicable and abusive private messages he had received via Instagram, including death threats.
“You’re fucking dead, watch your back,” wrote one correspondent.
Others made threats against his mother, urging him to quit the sport.
NICK SHOWING HIS SOFT SIDE
Although Krygios’ temper has sometimes been seen during matches, he has also shown the audience his softer side.
In March 2022, after losing to Rafael Nadal in a match in which the Australian gave the Spaniard a run for his money, Krygios frustrated, threw his racket to the ground, causing it to crash into a wall, narrowly missing the head of a ballboywho managed to get out of the way just in time. Kyrgios later took to Instagram to apologize.
“Hey guys, I want to apologize to that ball kid at the end of the game!” He wrote.
“It was a complete accident and at the end of the match I was frustrated. My racket got a crazy bounce and was never my intention. If anyone knows who that ball kids is message me and I’ll send them a racket I’m glad he’s okay!”
His condolences were also seen in the after the forest fires in the summer of 2019 when he started a fundraising campaign that raised nearly $5 million and again in the early days of the pandemic when he offered to deliver personal food for those whose income was wiped out.
“If EVERYONE isn’t working/not earning income and running out of food, or if times are just hard… please don’t go to sleep on an empty stomach,” Kyrgios wrote.
“Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to private message me. I will be more than happy to share what I have.
“Even for a box of noodles, a loaf of bread or milk. I’ll drop it off at the door, no questions asked!”
Kyrgios also launched the NK Foundation in 2015 to create sports opportunities and a safe place for underprivileged youth in Melbourne.
Asked why he was motivated to start the foundation, Kyrgios told The Daily Telegraph end of 2020: “I have lost my way a lot; I felt alone in a sea of people. I didn’t feel like I could talk to anyone about my feelings. I was fighting a lot of things and I didn’t feel like I had a home because I was always traveling. I don’t want to lose that feeling [of security] never again – and I want to give that to children.”
A young, wealthy sports star with a global profile, Krygios’ love life has often been the subject of both attention and speculation.
In 2017 Kyrgios . was photographed outside a London nightclub with two young female tennis players, sparking speculation about problems in his relationship with Croatian-Australian tennis pro Ajla Tomljanovic.
As news.com.au reported, Tomljanovic deleted all photos of the couple from her Instagram account and deactivated her social media after the photos were posted.
But the women – Australian tennis player Monique Belovukovic and British rising star Chelsea Samways – blasted speculation, claiming the trio were just friends.
In May 2020, Krygios spoke about his recent split with Russian tennis player Anna Kalinskaya, but also admitted that when he was not in a relationship, he he regularly slept with female fans.
“Yeah, in all seriousness, if I don’t see someone, it’s a weekly thing,” he said.
Kyrgios began dating model Chiara Passari in July 2020, but the couple broke up after a period of Covid quarantine at an Adelaide hotel in 2021.
Kyrgios and Passari then slept in separate rooms to oversee their quarantine.
Kyrgios is now dating blogger Costeen Hatzi, 22who has become a fixture in his competitions.
Kyrgios said he was “obsessed” with his newfound love, whom he called “the best friend in the world.”
#Final #Drift #Kyrgios #Story