Nick Kyrgios shuts down press conference over Kaepernick question

Lynette Rowe
January 16, 2018

You read those words right.

"Everyone started the year hungry". But this one is a doozy.

"I am happy to be here and happy to be on court again".

But for the past year, things seem to be changing.

He is facing Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva on his favourite Hisense Arena court in Monday's first round and could face world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, but he is taking it all in his stride.

Kyrgios has also been fined numerous times for his use of obscene language whilst on court, including two years ago at the Australian Open, where he was fined $4,000 for swearing during his first round match with Pablo Cerreno Busta.

Not just the level, but the pressure experienced by the small coterie of players who carry their nation's hopes at a home major.

He is uber-popular with kids and is in the process of setting up his own facility for underprivileged children in Melbourne.

"I guess [kids] kind of like the flair, and I guess the no-care attitude", Kyrgios said to ESPN.com in an interview at Melbourne Park. "I'm just happy to be here, riding confidence from Brisbane. and playing well".

"You can't really ask a 20-year-old or 19-year-old to be such a good role model when they're kind of learning about the game and about themselves". "I was a bit nervous going out there". Perhaps Murray spotted a kindred spirit, if not in the Australian's behavior, then in his honesty and fiery demeanor.

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"I've definitely partnered with a lot of people to help me with it".

"I can't expend too much energy on other things".

The tempestuous 22-year-old has the brilliance and talent to win his national Open, yet it is his brittle state of mind that oftens malfunctions to his detriment.

She refused to call it career-best form, rather hoping to turn back the clock and channel the game she produced at the back-end of 2017.

Kyrgios' antics and unruly behaviour have rightly attracted scorn.

"I mean, where is that question even coming from?"

It was a humble statement from a man much maligned and perhaps misunderstood as he has made his way on the tour.

This will be 58th-ranked Puig's fifth consecutive appearance in the second round of the Australian Open, while 41st-ranked Stosur is out in the first round for the third year on the trot. "Hopefully, they can understand that some days I'm going to be down and some days I'm going to be able to fight and play".

Controversy and Nick Kyrgios just go hand-in-hand.

"I'm really happy with the way I played today", she said.

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