Nick Kyrgios has supplied gushing reward for countryman Alex de Minaur regardless of ’s beautiful rise robbing him of Australian No.1 standing.
It appeared few may rival Lleyton Hewitt as Alex de Minaur’s largest fan.
However Nick Kyrgios might but take over the mantle after providing gushing reward for de Minaur regardless of ’s beautiful rise robbing him of Australian No.1 standing.
Retired twin grand slam champion Hewitt has taken a shine to de Minaur – a lot in order that that they’re even teaming up within the doubles at this week’s Brisbane Worldwide.
However Kyrgios has additionally emerged as a vocal supporter of the 19-year-old, marvelling at de Minaur’s breakout 2018 season that has taken him to Australian No.1 with a bullet.
Whereas Kyrgios endured a irritating yr, de Minaur has soared from world No.208 to 31 in 2018 to make sure he claimed the ATP Newcomer of the 12 months honour.
As a substitute of kicking cans, world No.35 Kyrgios has saluted de Minaur earlier than they function within the season-opening Brisbane Worldwide which begins in earnest on Monday.
Kyrgios could also be Brisbane’s defending champion and eighth seed however all eyes are on de Minaur after returning to the event which launched his stellar 2018 marketing campaign.
“It’s at all times nice seeing different Aussies do nicely. I am not the jealous or envious sort – if others have success I’m blissful for them,” Kyrgios mentioned.
“Seeing what Alex has been doing, he’s now on the massive stage. I do know he’s excited concerning the Aussie summer time and I’m positive he’ll do very nicely.”
De Minaur made the 2018 Brisbane semi-finals as an unheralded wildcard however he returns this week because the seventh seed.
Kyrgios mentioned he at all times knew the likes of de Minaur and John Millman – who famously beat Roger Federer within the 2018 US Open fourth spherical – would share the limelight with him.
“I don’t actually really feel the strain was on me (to fly Aussie flag at majors),” he mentioned.
“I knew we had a number of good gamers, had a number of depth. We simply hadn’t damaged via but.
“Now we have a number of guys there, it’s an thrilling time for us.”
Nonetheless, Hewitt will probably be onerous to beat as de Minaur’s largest supporter.
The previous world No.1 has labored extra time to assist groom de Minaur forward of what he hopes is one other spectacular yr.
“He’s at all times an unimaginable assist,” de Minaur mentioned.
“I’m one of many luckiest guys on the market. I’m doing what I really like every day, and other people I’ve regarded as much as are serving to me out.
“I look ahead to what’s to come back.”
So does Kyrgios, it appears.