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Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon 2014
Full name Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios
Country 23x15px Australia
Residence Canberra, Australia
Born (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 25)[1]
Canberra, Australia
Height Script error: No such module "convert".[2]
Turned pro 2013
Plays Right-handed (double-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Simon Rea (2013–2014)
Joshua Eagle and Todd Larkham (2014–)
Prize money $1,244,967
Official website
Career record 24–19 (55.81% in Grand Slam, ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 30 (25 May 2015)
Current ranking No. 30 (25 May 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2015)
French Open 3R (2015)
Wimbledon QF (2014)
US Open 3R (2014)
Career record 3–8 (27.27% in Grand Slam, ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 189 (25 May 2015)
Current ranking No. 189 (25 May 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013, 2015)
French Open 1R (2015)
US Open 1R (2014)
Last updated on: 7 July 2014.

Nicholas Hilmy "Nick" Kyrgios (born 27 April 1995) 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 achievements to date are reaching the quarterfinals of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, where he defeated ATP number 1 Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet en route, and the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open where he lost narrowly to Andy Murray.

Personal life

Kyrgios was born in Canberra, Australia. He is the son of a Greek father, Giorgos ("George") who comes from the little village of Georgani in Epirus, Greece and a Malaysian mother, Norlaila ("Nill") who comes from the town of Gombak in Selangor, Malaysia.[3][4][5] His father is a self-employed house painter and his mother is a computer engineer.[6] His mother was born in Malaysia as a princess but dropped the title when she moved to Australia in her twenties.[3][7] He is the third of three children; his brother, Christos, is a lawyer, and his sister, Halimah, is an actress.[8] Kyrgios attended Radford College until Year 8 and completed his Year 12 certificate in 2012 at Daramalan College in Canberra.[9] He is of the Greek Orthodox faith[10][11] and always wears a gold necklace with a cross on it.[12]

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.[13] Two years later he gained a full scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport where he was able to further develop his tennis. In 2013, Kyrgios relocated his training base from Canberra to Melbourne Park in an attempt to further his career with better facilities and hitting partners.[14] A year later Tennis ACT announced a $27 million redevelopment of the Lyneham Tennis Centre in Canberra to lure Kyrgios back home and host Davis Cup/Fed Cup ties.[15] Kyrgios confirmed in January 2015 that he would be based out of Canberra and donated $10,000 towards the redevelopment.[16]

Kyrgios is an avid fan of the Boston Celtics in the NBA[17] and Tottenham Hotspur in English football's Premier League.[18] His sports idol is NBA player Kevin Garnett.[19] His idols growing up were Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lebron James, and Michael Jordan.[20]

Junior career

Kyrgios won his first ITF junior tour title in Fiji in June 2010, aged 15.[21] 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.[22] Moving into 2013, he gained the number 1 junior ranking by defeating Wayne Montgomery in the Traralgon International final.[23] 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 to claim his first junior grand slam title.[24]

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


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.


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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29] In October, Kyrgios made the semifinal of the 2013 Sacramento Challenger, before falling to Tim Smyczek.

2014: Wimbledon quarterfinal

Kyrgios was to commence the 2014 season by making his debut at the 2014 Brisbane International after receiving a wildcard.[30] However, he withdrew before the commencement due to a shoulder injury.[31] On 8 January, Kyrgios was awarded a wildcard into the 2014 Australian Open,[32] where he won his first-round match against Benjamin Becker in four sets.[33] He lost in the second round to the 27th seeded Benoit Paire in five sets despite winning the opening two sets.[34]

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.[35] Kyrgios was then forced to withdraw from numerous ATP tournaments in Delray Beach and Acapulco due to an elbow injury.[36]

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.[37] Kyrgios reached the final of the 2014 Savannah Challenger, where he defeated second seed Jack Sock for the title. Kyrgios received a wildcard into the 2014 French Open. He was defeated in the first round in straight sets by 8th seed Milos Raonic. Kyrgios won his 4th career challenger title and his 3rd of 2014 when he won the 2014 Aegon Nottingham Challenge beating fellow Australian Sam Groth in straight set tiebreaks.

In June, Kyrgios received a wildcard to the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. In the first round he defeated Frenchman Stephane Robert in four sets to advance to the second round, where he defeated 13th seed, Richard Gasquet in a five set thriller in which he had to come back from two sets to love down, and save nine match points over the fourth and fifth sets. In the third round, Kyrgios beat Czech Jiri Vesely in four sets, before going on to record the biggest win of his career so far by beating world number one Rafael Nadal in four sets 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".[38][39] 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.[40] Following his Wimbledon performance, Kyrgios' ranking rose to 66.[41] 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 in straight sets.[42] Kyrgios lost in the second round to 8th-seed Andy Murray, winning just four games.[43] In the US Open, Kyrgios made it to the third round, defeating Mikhail Youzhny (seeded 21st) in four close sets, and Andreas Seppi in straight sets, before losing to 16th seed Tommy Robredo in four.

Kyrgios later played in the Malaysian Open, but lost in the first round. He decided to skip the rest of the season, citing burnout as his reason. He ended the year ranked 52nd in the world, and the no. 2 ranked Australian behind Lleyton Hewitt.

2015: 2nd major quarterfinal, maiden ATP final & Top 30

Kyrgios began his season at the Sydney International, but lost his opening match against Jerzy Janowicz in three tightly contested sets. This was followed by an appearance at the Australian Open, where he received direct entry due to his ranking for the first time. He defeated Federico Delbonis in a five-set thriller in his opening match, before going on to beat the 23rd seed Ivo Karlović in the second round and then Malek Jaziri in straight sets in the third. He then faced Andreas Seppi, who had just beaten Roger Federer in his previous match, in the fourth round. Kyrgios fell two sets behind and faced a match point late in the fourth set but recovered to win in five sets, the final set lasting 14 games. He thus became the first teenage male to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals since Federer in 2001,[44] and the first Australian male to reach the quarterfinals since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, and the first Australian of any gender since Jelena Dokić in 2009.[45] Kyrgios lost to eventual finalist Andy Murray in the quarterfinals in three sets. Following the tournament, he reached a career-high ranking of no. 35 in the world.[46] He later withdrew from tournaments in Marseille and Dubai due to a back injury he suffered during the Australian Open.[47] In Indian Wells, he served for the match against Grigor Dimitrov, but rolled his ankle and ultimately lost. He stated he would be out 4–6 weeks due to the ankle injury.

He returned in the 2015 Barcelona Open. After receiving a bye in the first round, he would lose in three sets against fellow 19 year old Elias Ymer. At the 2015 Estoril Open, Nick reached the final of an ATP tournament for the first time in his career, after defeating Albert Ramos in three sets and over two hours, Filip Krajinovic in two sets, Robin Haase under an hour and Pablo Carreno-Busta in nearly two hours. He then lost to the fifth seed Richard Gasquet in the final by a score of 6-3, 6-2. During the tournament, Kyrgios did advertisements promoting the event, an autograph and photo session[48] and became a 20-year-old.

At the Madrid Open a week later, Kyrgios defeated world number two and 17-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the second round, saving two match points in the final set tie-break in the process.[49] He then had a three-set loss to John Isner in the third round.[50] Prior to his finalist appearance at Estoril and round-of-16 finish in Madrid, Kyrgios had the unique distinction of having won more matches in Grand Slams (10 wins) than on the regular ATP Tour (2 wins).

Later in May at the French Open, Kyrgios was seeded 29th, his first Grand Slam seeding. He won in straight sets in the first round against Uzbekistani Denis Istomin.[51] He then received a walkover into the third round after his scheduled second round opponent, Kyle Edmund, withdrew with injury.[52] In the third round, he lost in straight sets to third seed Andy Murray.[53] In the doubles, Kyrgios and partner Mahesh Bhupathi lost in straight sets in the first round to wild cards Thanasi Kokkinakis and Lucas Pouille.[54]

National representation

Davis Cup

Kyrgios made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in September 2013 against Poland at the age of 18.[55] He replaced Marinko Matosevic after defeating him in a playoff during the lead-up to the tie. He was selected to pair with Chris Guccione in the crucial doubles rubber. They lost to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in five sets. He then went on to win his first singles rubber, after Michał Przysiężny retired five games into the match.

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 3 May 2015 Estoril Open, Cascais, Portugal Clay 23x15px Richard Gasquet 3–6, 2–6

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 6 (5 titles)

ATP Challengers (4–0)
ITF Futures (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 3 March 2013 Sydney, Australia Hard 23x15px Matt Reid 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 15 April 2013 Chengdu, China Hard 23x15px Wu Di 3–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 22 April 2013 Yuxi, China Hard 23x15px Boy Westerhof 7–5, 6–1
Winner 4. 20 April 2014 Sarasota, United States Clay 23x15px Filip Krajinović 7–6(12–10), 6–4
Winner 5. 27 April 2014 Savannah, United States Clay 23x15px Jack Sock 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Winner 6. 14 June 2014 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass 23x15px Samuel Groth 7–6(7–3), 7–6(9–7)

Singles performance timeline

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 2015 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 2R QF 0 / 2 5–2 71%
French Open 2R 1R 3R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Wimbledon A QF 0 / 1 4–1 80%
US Open 1R 3R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–Loss 1–2 7–4 4–1 0 / 7 12–7 63%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Miami Masters A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Monte Carlo Masters A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Masters A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Rome Masters A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canada Masters A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Cincinnati Masters A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 3–3 0 / 4 4–4 50%
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0
Finals Reached 0 0 1 1
Year End Ranking 182 52 $1,196,413

Top-10 wins per season

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. 23x15px Rafael Nadal 1 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 4R 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–3
2. 23x16px Roger Federer 2 Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain Clay 2R 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(14–12)


  • These records were attained in the Open Era.
  • Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.
  • Records in italics are currently active streaks.


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