Nick Kyrgios – Tennis
Nick Kyrgios enjoyed another strong year in 2018 with a series of wins over some of the biggest names in tennis including current and former top 10 rivals such as Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev.
After a strong showing at the Beijing ATP 500 in late 2017, losing to Nadal in the final, Nick had a strong summer campaign on home shores, winning the Brisbane International before making his way to the fourth round of the Australian Open, including a memorable four set win over Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the third round. He spearheaded Australia’s Davis Cup tie in February, the Aussies falling 3-1 to a strong German team with the only win for the Australians being Nick’s straight sets defeat of Jan-Lennard Struff.
Despite battling an elbow injury for much of the year, Nick continued to record some good results, particularly on the European grass courts. These included semi-finals at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart and Queen’s Club in London where Nick served almost 100 aces across four matches. He reached the third round at both Wimbledon and the US Open, falling to Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer respectively. After a first round win at October’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, injury issues re-emerged forcing Nick’s withdrawal.
Canberra born and bred, Nick continues to base himself for much of the year in his hometown, supporting the development of the next generation of young tennis players through various community activations and the NK Foundation which offers sporting opportunities to underprivileged children.