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- Published: Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:53
NICK KYRGIOS, DARAMALAN STUDENT
Kyrgios was born in Canberra, Australia. Kyrgios' father George is of Greek heritage and his mother Norlaila is from Malaysia. Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios (Nick for short) is the third of three children. His brother, Christos, is a lawyer, and his sister, Halimah, is an actress. Kyrgios attended Radford College until Year 8 and completed his Year 12 certificate in 2012 at Daramalan College in Canberra
Kyrgios was a promising Basketball player and had represented ACT and Australia in Basketball until he made the decision to focus solely on his Tennis when he was 14 years old. Kyrgios gained a full scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2012 where he was able to further develop his tennis. Kyrgios is an avid fan of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association. (From Wikipedia)
French ace Richard Gasquet has predicted a top-ten ranking and possible grand-slam glory for Nick Kyrgios after experiencing the Australian teen's precocious talent first-hand.
While Gasquet swept aside the 18-year-old in straight sets in Friday's opening match of the Davis Cup World Group tie in La Roche sur Yon, Kyrgios certainly left an impression on France's top-tanked player.
The world No.9 won 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 6-2 on clay but felt it could have been a different story had he not edged the tense first-set tiebreak, which Kyrgios led 3-1.
Asked about the growing hype surrounding the powerful Kyrgios, who has already won two grand slam matches, Gasquet said it was justified.
''It's because of his age, he's only 18 years old,'' Gasquet said.
''His size also, he's very tall (195cm), his serve is wonderful and his forehand stroke is gigantic.
''If he works hard, and if he continues on this path, he will be in the top ten.
''He is actually capable of winning big tournaments because he plays very well.
''He's got a great attitude and a wonderful personality. I think he will be a prominent player in the future.''
Told of Gasquet's comments, Kyrgios said it was nice to hear from a player he respected so highly.