Nick Kyrgios has divided the opinions of tennis fans and media with him being dubbed as “the best thing to happen to world tennis” but by others he is a “brat.”
The Australian shot to fame last year after beating Rafael Nadal in the 4th round of Wimbledon and by reaching the quarter finals of the 2015 Australian Open he became the first teenage male to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals since Roger Federer in 2001.
However, the 20 year old has attacked by media for his controversial actions on the court.
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During this year’s Wimbledon he has been involved in arguments with umpires, sworn and thrown his racket so hard on the ground that it bounced up and went into the crowd.
With his zigzag haircut, gold chains and sleeve of tattoos his look is a far cry from other tennis stars. However, he is a representation of teenagers today more than a pantomime villain without a cause.
Personally I think he is exactly what tennis needs. The Australian is a perennial entertainer who often chats and jokes with crowd.
He has the potential to be the world number 1 in the future and I will be surprised if he doesn’t win atleast 1 grand slam.
Caring and Charitable
Off the court behind the entertainer is a kind and charitable person. In Paris recently he and his brother Christos befriended an insecure teenage boy suffering from alopecia, a rare hair-loss condition.
Kyrgios, who helps raise funds and awareness for the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation, took the young boy out for dinner with his brother, who also suffers from the condition.
They convinced him he should not be ashamed of. his condition and after a few days the boy removed his wig.
He is a committed family man who is struggling with the pain of his grandfather who has cancer.
Three time Wimbledon champion John Newcombe sums the situation up perfectly: “Nick is an exceptional talent and he doesn’t beat to the same drum as everyone else – he’s a real individual. Some media people will take the little negative things and build them into big issues, rather than looking at more positive things, which far outweigh the negative things.”