1. Kyrgios loses the battle, but shines off court
Australia’s last remaining singles hope may have come up short to a red-hot Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday night, but oft-maligned Nick Kyrgios gave a glimpse of the real NK earlier in the day when he hit with nine-year-old leukaemia patient, Bella.
Organised via his charity, the NK Foundation, Kyrgios later posted: “This strong young girl has previously undergone two bone marrow transplants, and sadly relapsed again last year. I was so humbled to know that all she has asked for everyday since the Australian Open started was for her ball to be signed by me… today she got much more and I hope that it fills her with hope, strength and inspiration for the road ahead!”
Since forming the charity, the 22-year-old has spoken of feeling for the first time that there was a purpose for what he was doing. And that can only be positive, both on and off the court.