After a breakthrough season in 2015, much was expected of Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open.
However, Kyrgios was bundled out in the third round by Tomas Berdych. During the match, Kyrgios was his usual animated self.
“It’s always tough playing in Australia, but at the same time I always love playing there,” the 20-year-old told thetennisisland.com.
“The crowd’s great, you know, I had a great experience playing there again. Obviously, I didn’t go as far as I would’ve liked to like in the previous year but that’s how it goes.
“I thought I gave everything I had and obviously, Berdych was too good – but looking back at it, it was obviously one of my funnest [sic] experiences so far at a Grand Slam.”
Kyrgios’ much documented on-court antics have lead to him being scrutinised by the Australian public. That third round clash against Berdych was no different, as his altercations with the chair umpire lead to him being booed by the crowd.
“Yeah, I don’t really care too much but obviously I’m under the microscope a lot because, you know, I just say what I think and, yeah, I’m definitely different compared to the normal tennis player,” he added.
“So that’s just the way it is.”
Kyrgios is currently in action in Marseille, where he has booked a place in the quarter-finals.