Date of birth: April 27, 1996
Place of birth: Canberra, Australia
Height: 6ft 4in (1.93m)
ATP Tour titles: 7
Career-high ranking: 13
Best Grand Slam performance: Wimbledon R/U 2022
UTS appearances: Debut
Style and personality:
The king of entertainment meets the UTS. The Australian, who has lit up the ATP Tour with his brand of tennis and his unique personality, is coming off the best year of his career, having made his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. Ultra-aggressive as a player with one of the best serves in the business, Kyrgios pulls no punches off the court, too, with his honesty and occasional combativeness as much a reason for his status as a fan favourite as anything he does on the court itself.
An outstanding talent, Kyrgios was the world’s No 1-ranked junior and was soon tipped by many to be Australia’s next big thing. He broke into the top 50 at just 19 and by the time 2016 was over, he was ranked No 13, having won his first title, in Marseille, and added two more in Atlanta and Tokyo. Two years beforehand, he really burst into the spotlight when, as a wildcard, he beat Rafael Nadal on his way to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Struggling to cope with expectation and pressure, Kyrgios struggled to find consistency to match his talent and often found himself embroiled in controversy, with a number of on-court incidents seeing him given a 16-week suspended ban from the Tour in 2019. He still managed to win two titles that year but it was in 2022 that he really stepped up a level, reaching his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. His 2023 began with a knee injury but he’ll be fresh and ready to go.