Nick Kyrgios is an Australian professional tennis player.
Let’s find out some intriguing facts about him!
1. Nick Kyrgios was born born 27 April 1995 in Canberra, Australia.
2. He is the son of a Greek father, Giorgos (“George”), and a Malaysian mother, Norlaila (“Nill”), who comes from the Malaysian town of Gombak, Selangor.
3. His father is a self-employed house painter and his mother is a computer engineer. His mother was born in Malaysia as a member of the Selangor royal family, but dropped her title as a princess when she moved to Australia in her twenties.
4. He is the third of three children; his brother, Christos, is a lawyer, and his sister, Halimah, is an actress.
5. Kyrgios attended Radford College until Year 8 and completed his Year 12 certificate in 2012 at Daramalan College in Canberra.
6. He is of the Greek Orthodox faith and always wears a gold necklace with a cross on it.
7. Kyrgios was a promising basketball player who represented the Australian Capital Territory and Australia in his early teens before making the decision to focus solely on tennis when he was 14 years old.
8. Two years later he gained a full scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he was able to further develop his tennis. In 2013, Kyrgios relocated his training base from Canberra to Melbourne Park in an attempt to further his career with better facilities and hitting partners.
9. A year later Tennis ACT announced a $27 million redevelopment of the Lyneham Tennis Centre in Canberra to lure Kyrgios back home and host Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.
10. Kyrgios confirmed in January 2015 that he would return home and base himself out of Canberra. He also donated $10,000 towards the Lyneham Tennis Centre redevelopment.
11. Kyrgios is an avid fan of the Boston Celtics in the NBA and Tottenham Hotspur in English football’s Premier League.
12. His sports idol is NBA player Kevin Garnett.
13. His idols growing up were Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan.
14. Kyrgios also supports the North Melbourne Kangaroos Football Club in the Australian Football League.
15. He won the boys’ singles event at the 2013 Australian Open and the boys’ doubles event at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
16. Kyrgios’ biggest achievements to date are reaching the quarterfinals of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships—defeating ATP number 1 Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet en route—and the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open.
17. Kyrgios is the second player after Lleyton Hewitt who beat Roger Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic in their first meeting.