Nick Kyrgios is never far away from the headlines.
The controversial Australian tennis player has once again drawn media attention to himself this week after posting a tweet about Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.
The tweet, that the Aussie has claimed was a joke but has since deleted, appeared to take a light-hearted dig at Hewitt, reporting that both himself and Thanasi Kokkinakis had been abandoned by their compatriot, who was attending fellow Australian Alex de Minaur’s Brisbane International match.
Speaking at the launch of the new ATP Cup in Sydney, Kyrgios denied he was seriously attacking Hewitt, saying, as per the Sydney Morning Herald: “No, it was a bit of a joke.
"That’s what Twitter is for, a bit of banter.”
Following his defeat in the second round of the Brisbane International, Kyrgios will be looking to bounce back in the upcoming Australian Open, and despite dropping out of the world’s top 50, meaning he will be unseeded, he believes he has enough experience to progress to the latter stages.
“Seeded or not, I know what it takes to get to the second week of a slam,” the Aussie stated.
“I know that by the second week you want to try and get in and out as fast as you can. I don’t have the luxury of maybe not drawing a seed first round.
"It is what it is at the moment, but I’m not thinking about it.”
The 23-year-old is starting his home Grand Slam in a vastly different state compared to 12 months ago.
Back then he began the tournament as the 14th seed following victory in the Brisbane International. Now, outside the top 50, Kyrgios is more grateful than ever to be playing on the world stage.
“I’m obviously really lucky to have another chance to play an Australian Open. You don’t take these things for granted.
“I’m really looking forward to it, this is my favourite time of the year, the Aussie summer, getting in front of the home crowd. I had a good Aussie summer last year. I want to go further. I’ve played in a lot of grand slams and I know that nothing is guaranteed, so I want to go out there and make the most of it.
“I feel good. Being at home helps. I had Christmas at home and just being with my family helped a lot. Right now mentally I feel good. I’ve got a week until the Aus Open starts. I’m not going to think about it too much. I’m just going to stay laid back ... then just go after it.”
Kyrgios will be hoping that a successful Australian Open can be the catalyst to a positive 2019.
Whilst he is involved, it is unlikely he will stay clear of the headlines.