On the occasion of the nominations for the Newcombe 2022 award, established in 2010, which aims to celebrate and recognize the performances, achievements and contributions provided each year by Australian tennis players, the eccentric 27-year-old from Canberra Nick Kyrgios, via a story published on his Instagram profile , he commented controversially on the final list of names competing for recognition with him.
“This is ridiculous,” he exclaimed upon seeing the nominees for the award. In the running for the prize together with him we find the former number one, as well as reigning champion at the Australian Open, Ashleigh Barty, who unexpectedly retired from tennis right after the victory in Melbourne.
Other nominees for the year-end award are Wimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell, Ajla Tomljanovic, Australian Davis Cup hero Alex de Minaur and Storm Sanders, who was part of the squad that reached the finals of the Billie Cup Jean.
A social broadside that certainly will not please his colleagues, whose reaction we are sure will not be long in coming.
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Kyrgios as well as being one of the most talented players on the world tennis scene is also one of the most active characters on social media.
Great talent and a lot of recklessness, an athlete capable of beating Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer in their first confrontation and at the same time capable of losing against clearly inferior athletes. Kyrgios seems to have finally found the right stability during the season, according to him primarily thanks to his now inseparable girlfriend Costeen Hetzy.
The Wimbledon final, then lost against Djokovic and the doubles title at the Australian Open, results that allowed him to reach 22nd position, approaching 13th, his current best ranking achieved way back in 2016. The Australian, if he seems to have calmed down on the court, on the net often becomes the protagonist of bickering, controversies and when something doesn’t go down he certainly doesn’t send it out.
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