You would think that burgeoning superstar Nick Kyrgios would look back at his upset win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon as the highlight of his 2014. But you would be wrong. Speaking to the Age, Kyrgios revealed his favorite match of this past season was a second round 5-set loss to Benoit Paire at the Australian Open last January.
“That was probably my favourite match of the year. That was an unbelievable atmosphere and I will never forget it,” he said.
“Ever since then it’s given me the motivation to keep going and be the best I can, because the whole nation was behind me.
“It was an experience. I couldn’t help the fact my body couldn’t take any more that day, but I was only 18 then.
“I’ve grown a lot since then and played a lot of best-of-five matches since as well. I think I’ve matured.
Kyrgios also talked about the year ahead.
“Second time around they’re going to be ready and they know what to expect, it’s going to be a lot tougher,” Kyrgios told the paper.
The 19-year-old who finished ranked No. 52 just signed a deal to become a spokesman for Malaysian Airlines.
“While I was born and brought up in Australia, I’m really proud of my family culture and very close to my Malaysian family,” Kyrgios said. “I’ve flown with Malaysia Airlines to visit them since I was a boy and my mum and extended family have always associated the airline with home. I feel privileged to become a friend of the airline – it will enable me to keep that important link with my family culture.”
According to the Age, “Kyrgios’ mother, Nill, was born in Malaysian as a princess, but she dropped the title when she moved to Australia with her mother.”
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