Nick Kyrgios' victory at the ATP Tour 500 Citi Open will see him seeded at the US Open, which begins on August 26.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on August 5, 2019

Tennis player Nick Kyrgios, for the third successive match, including this morning’s final of the ATP World Tour 500 Citi Open in Washington DC, asked a fan where he should serve his match-point.

And for the third successive match the surprising and endearing tactic was successful and 24-year-old Nick Kyrgios hugged the female spectator after he sent down an ace to beat world No.10 Daniil Medveded, from Russia, in a second set tie-break.

“It’s amazing. Honestly, where I was six months ago, the things I was doing, I was putting myself in a really tough situation and to respond like this, having incredible support is just amazing,” Kyrgios said after the victory.

“I’ve had people behind me backing me and they never lost faith in me even though I’d lost it in myself.

“This week means a lot. Obviously, it’s great to get the win but I’ve proved to myself and to a lot of people that were backing me that I still have it and I can still produce at the highest level.”

The Australian, the World No. 52 tennis player who was World No. 13 in October 2016, has been criticised for his verbal abuse of officials, unsportsmanlike behaviour and been accused of “tanking” – deliberating losing. However, at the Citi Open he was a different player with a new attitude.

“This week has been one of the best weeks of my life in tennis,” he said. “I feel like I’ve grown as a person and I’m getting better every day.”

Kyrgios’ victory will see him seeded at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York, which begins on August 26.

“(The ranking) it’s important but at the end of the day, I don’t care about rankings at all. I just want to grow as a person, as a human.”

Kyrgios still serves the odd under-arm serve and sees himself as the entertainer. He was cheered off the centre court at the Citi Open and people rose to applaud his victory 7-6, 7-6.