Tennis star Nick Kyrgios showed his soft side yesterday as he sent water up to a fan who became ill as temperatures rose to 31 degrees during a match in Japan.
Kyrgios has gained a reputation for being one of the sport's 'bad boys', and has been seen to display some volatile behaviour on-and-off court throughout his career, for which he has been heavily scrutinised for.
However, as conditions became uncomfortable during the first round of the Japan Open, the Australian threw up a bottle of water to a fan who had fallen ill early in the first set.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
His actions didn't go unnoticed by other spectators on court, who gave him a warm round of applause afterwards.
A video of the moment can be viewed further down this article.
Despite the 10-minute delay, Kyrgios made light work of his opponent Ryan Harrison, beating him 7-5 6-2 to qualify for the second round.
He will now face Czech Radek Stepanek, who beat Stephane Robert 6-2 6-1 in his opening match.
Number six seed Kyrgios had some kind words for his opponent ahead of their match, saying: "He's a good friend of mine, we get along well. He's going up in age but he's learning to adapt. His level is still high and he can still do damage, especially on a surface like this.
The Australian is one of the bigger names at the tournament and will be hoping to put on a strong showing in Asia.
Amongst Kyrgios and Stepanek, second-seed Gael Monfils also advanced to the next round after beating the Japanese wild-card entry Yuichi Sugita 6-3 6-1.
Do YOU like Nick Kyrgios' antics or is it bad for tennis? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms