Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

'No apology': Australian Open tennis prankster won't back down

'No apology': Australian Open tennis prankster won't back down

The Brisbane International victor will now lock horns with 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Round of 32.

Admitting he was battling nerves to start the match, Kyrgios was overall pleased with his "pretty good performance" and has booked a second-round matchup with Serb Viktor Troicki, who defeated Australian Alex Bolt 6-7 (2-7), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday.

Kyrgios broke in the third game of the third set but what looked like being a routine victory when he served at 5-4 hit a snag as, out of nowhere, he dropped serve.

Another said: "As if we don't see enough gambling advertisements, we now have Nick Kyrgios" brother acting as a human billboard in the player's box. "I'm just going to learn from it and keep going".

"He's a journeyman, he's been on the tour a long time, he's won a lot of matches and in grand slams he's made the fourth round a lot of times so he knows the ups and downs that come in a grand slam match".

A couple of games later, a red helicopter hovering above the arena had Kyrgios chuntering again but it did not prevent him moving into a two-set lead.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a five sets win over Denis Shapovalov that took 50 games to decide.

"But to go out there in front of the crowd again, just trying to play well, I was a bit nervous".

THE disruptive crowd member who brought an Australian Open match to a halt was a YouTube "comedian" acting on a dare.

Though it was not a massively easy win, the Australian rarely had to play at his best, looking comfortable throughout most of the match, though suffered a slight wobble late in the third set, with Troicki saving a match point and then breaking as Kyrgios served for his place in the third round. I think that was the greatest thing I've done in my life.

The unruly fan attracted boos from the crowd and has been all but branded a national disgrace for filming himself while calling out nonsensical sounds as the 22-year-old tennis star was winding up for his serve. As long as Kyrgios stays disciplined and doesn't make a bunch of silly unforced errors, this is a match he can overpower a possibly exhausted opponent.

Kokkinos bowed out in a four set loss to Russian Danill Medvedev whilst Fourli and Sakkari each lost in three sets to Australia's Olivia Rogowska and Czech born Katerina Siniakova respectively.

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