Showman and rebel. Between the legs, twins, and other unconventional kicks by Nick Kyrjos
Australian Nick Kiryos , even when he loses matches, never ceases to delight the audience with non-standard strikes. His every appearance on the court turns into a show. He annoys rivals, surprises the judges, and the audience is delighted. Let’s see the most interesting and beautiful draws with the participation of the Australian at the tournament in Atlanta.
Australian Nick Kiryos almost always gives the audience a show, regardless of the level of his game. Nick Kiryos is now in bad shape: for the first time since 2017, he lost in three matches in a row. Unsuccessful performances can be explained by injuries: he did not play with the Australian Open until Wimbledon due to a neck injury, and at Wimbledon he was shot during the third round match due to abdominal muscle damage. The Australian also missed the Olympics, but not because of injury, at least not only because of her: Nick did not like that the Games were held without spectators. “I don’t want to play in front of empty stands. I play for the fans. I like to create shows, I like the audience to be accomplices in the match, ”said Kiryos.
But Nick plays actively at the US Open Series. In Atlanta, the spectacular rebel defeated Kevin Anderson, but then began a streak of three consecutive defeats: Cameron Norrie , Mackenzie Hughes (in Washington) and Riley Opelka (this week in Toronto). By the way, in the match with Opelka there was a new scandalous episode: Nick claimed that at the end of the tie-break of the second set Riley touched the net while hitting, but the referee did not notice this: “Where are you looking at all? He touched the net, and you are silent! Nonsense, your decision cost me a set, ”Nick said during the match. And a few weeks ago, Nick was in a better mood: he managed to beat Anderson in Atlanta with a score of 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 3… Already in the first set, the Australian tried an unusual feed from below, performing it between the legs. Kevin accepted, but into the net.
At the very beginning of the second set, Nick delighted the audience with a twiner. The ball flew deep enough, and Anderson also managed to respond only to the net.
The meeting with Cameron Norrie in the second round did not work out. The Englishman confidently won 6: 1, 6: 4. From this match, let’s single out the superplay at the beginning of the second game, when Nick played well on the defensive, got crazy balls, and then, having already switched to the attack, he made a mistake when performing a volley in a jump. In any case, the audience enjoyed it a lot.
Back in February, Nick, who was in the top 25, is now only 80th in the ranking. He was given a special invitation to the tournament in Toronto, but it looks like he won’t play in Cincinnati next week. Now the showman and rebel is gearing up to entertain everyone in the tournament best suited for this: the US Open. In New York, they always love bright personalities and the manifestation of emotions and individuality, and given that Kiryos constantly pleases and surprises the audience, he will not be bored with him.