Nick Kyrgios warmed up for Australian Open clash with Rafael Nadal in a vintage Kobe Bryant jersey


The sporting world was rocked by the tragic news of former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant's death on Sunday.

Athletes and celebrities alike rushed to pay tribute to Bryant, who was one of the greatest players to take to the court.

However, it wasn't only his on-court antics that made him such a household name.

The 41-year-old was an inspiration to so many people beyond basketball due to his philanthropic work and incredible way with words as just about every interview he conducted went viral.

He transcended his sport - which was obvious to see by the sheer volume of tributes that continue to pour in following his passing.

Footballers - both American and Association - golfers, cricketers, and tennis players have all paid their respects.

However, controversial star Nick Kyrgios paid a lovely tribute to Bryant by warming up for his massive fourth round, clash with Rafael Nadal in a vintage Kobe jersey.

Incredible stuff.

Ahead of one of the biggest match-ups of his career, Kyrgios aptly reminded us that there is so much more to life than just sport.

The Australian is one of the most divisive figures on the tour and can be immensely frustrating as he often lets his temper get in the way of his incredible talent but deserves plenty of credit for this gesture.

He often gets a hard wrap due to his explosive temperament but there can be no questioning that this was a lovely move.

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The 24-year-old is known to be a big fan of the basketball and was visibly emotional as he made his way onto the court.

The fact that he is a Boston Celtic fan - fierce rivals of Bryant's beloved LA Lakers - goes to show just how loved Bryant was by people from all walks of life.

Well played, Nick.

At the time of writing, Nadal was ahead in the clash having won the third set in a tie-breaker.

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