PLAYERS NEWS 2014
Kyrgios' Fan Visit Of A Lifetime
by ATP Staff|
Have you ever dreamed of hanging out with your favourite tennis player?
What would you say? How would you react?
A group of 21-year-old students from Bundoora, Australia, suddenly found themselves confronted with these questions after newly minted Wimbledon quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios sent the following tweet on Wednesday evening:
Anyone wanna chill in bundoora tonight? #bored— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 23, 2014
The Canberra native was in the northern suburb of Melbourne and within minutes of receiving a response from someone named Tim and his La Trobe University friends, Kyrgios was at their doorstep.
“They couldn't believe it,” the amiable 19 year old said in an interview with Fairfax Media at Melbourne Park. “They were just standing there, and I was like 'You can just act normal’.
“We just talked, and then played a couple of games, just normal stuff. They asked me a lot of questions about Lleyton [Hewitt] and how the top guys were and that sort of stuff, so they were really eager to just find out what Wimbledon was like.
“But then I pretty much just said 'Can we just stop talking about this stuff? Let's just talk about normal stuff. I'm just a 19-year-old kid, I don't really want to talk about all that other stuff’.”
Kyrgios became the first teenager to beat a World No. 1 at a Grand Slam since Nadal himself upset Roger Federer at Roland Garros 2005. At No. 65 in the world, he is the youngest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
"It was pretty cool,” he added. “They actually came here yesterday and watched me practise, so I think we've got like, a new friendship going on.”
Kyrgios, who was joined by training partner Harry Bourchier, stayed for nearly 90 minutes. That’s all it took for a new clan of Aussie Fanatics to be born.
Read the full story, as first reported by Melbourne’s The Age.