Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nick Kyrgios 'feels the support,' wins Australian opener

Nick Kyrgios 'feels the support,' wins Australian opener

National Basketball Association superstar D'Angelo Russell had punters confused on Wednesday evening when he gave a shout-out to Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios. I feel super comfortable. He served 20 aces that night to get the fundraising going. "I feel the support".

"I've got a day off tomorrow - I'll just do all the right things, recover, and be back out here again".

Speaking to Kyrgios in an on-court interview, American tennis great McEnroe praised Kyrgios for how he had spearheaded the fundraising effort for those affected by the fires. "[Sonego's] a tough competitor, he's a very good player, I've played him before", Kyrgios shared.

A major motivation for Kyrgios this summer has been his pledge towards bushfire relief. Overall, it was a rock-solid year for the Spaniard, playing in the final at the Australian Open before a couple of slower weeks due to injuries that made his struggle a little bit in the first events on clay.

Against Sonego, he served 14.

"It's been an emotional few months", Kyrgios said when congratulated on court by John McEnroe.

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When asked how deep he believes Kyrgios can run at this year's Open, McEnroe said he's the type of player who could surprise and still be vying for the title late in the second week.

"This makes me so mad".

Kyrgios will now play Gilles Simon in the second round after the Frenchman beat Pablo Cuevas 6-1 6-3 6-3.

Germany's Sascha Zverev also is in the giving mood.

"The way you've led the way for the bushfire relief thing and everything you've done, I've got to tell you, well done man", John McEnroe told Nick Kyrgios after his first round victory in the Australian Open tennis. Speaking with another former Australian Open champion Jim Courier on Rod Laver Arena, Rafa reflected on the previous season that he finished on the throne for the fifth time in career despite some ups and downs.

"I just want to say that from this point forward I want to donate AU$1,000 to the bushfire relief fund for every set you win for the rest of this tournament", he said.

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