Killer Nick Kyrgios facts that you probably didn’t know

Ryan Jarvis
Nick Kyrgios antics
Nick Kyrgios antics during a match

Nick Kyrgios is one of the most entertaining players to watch and has brought us many enjoyable moments, both on and off the court. So let’s look at some interesting facts about the Australian star.

Kyrgios was born in Canberra, Australia, in 1995 to Giorgos (George) Kyrgios and Norlaila Kyrgios. His father was born in Greece, and his mother was born in Malaysia, giving Kyrgios a very diverse nationality.

The Australian star is the youngest of three children, with his siblings being Christos and his sister Halimah.

Growing up, the star admired many famous idols: Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, LeBron James, Michael Jordan., and his all-time favourite, Kevin Garnett.

The 28-year-old is of Greek Orthodox faith and is always seen wearing a gold necklace with a cross, even while playing.

The entertaining star played his first-ever junior match in 2008 at the age of 13 at a grade four tournament in Australia.

Before he made the decision to focus on creating a tennis career for himself, Kyrgios was a promising basketball player. He represented both the Australian Capital Territory and Australia in his early teen years. However, he made the switch to tennis at 14 years old, and the rest is history.

The star was the first teenager to beat a No. One at a Grand Slam since Rafael Nadal did in 2005, where he beat his rival, Roger Federer.

The 28-year-old won the boys’ singles event at the 2013 Australian Open, as well as the boys’ doubles event at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

Killer Kyrgios is only the third player, after Dominik Hrbaty and Lleyton Hewitt, to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic in their first meeting.

He started his own foundation known as the ‘Nick Kyrgios Foundation’, which supports underprivileged youth. He also donated $33,000 to help battle his country’s difficulties with the Australian bushfires in 2021.

The Australian loves playing online games and considers himself to be “the best gamer on the tennis tour.”

Kyrgios has been called many different nicknames, like Wild Thing and Box Office, over the years. He was given these titles for his dramatic displays on the court, either in the form of his deft shots, dominant displays, or his imposing attitude in matches.

The star holds the record for most fines for his temperamental on-court behaviour than any other player.

Nick Kyrgios is an excellent tennis player but has made it known that he does not love the sport. After his exit in the 2017 US Open, he openly said he was “not dedicated to the game at all.

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