Kyrgios eager to represent Australia at Tokyo Games

Nick Kyrgios hits a serve during the Australian Open Rally for Relief

It was clear after the 24-year-old Australian beat Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-2 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-1) in the First round of the Men's singles at the Australian Open that Kyrgios and McEnroe, commentating for TV, had an affection for each other.

Russell's fans were quick to call him out over what was seemingly a freaky gaffe, however Kyrgios kept it classy and simply replied: "I'm watching and supporting you 2 my brother".

"I just want to say that from this point forward I want to donate $1000 to the bushfire relief fund for every set you win for the rest of this tournament", he said.

Nick Kyrgios encouraged Amanda Anisimova to stay strong.

John McEnroe told Nick Kyrgios he was proud of him and promised to donate $1,000 to the bush fire recovery effort for every set the Aussie player wins at the Australian Open.

"I was definitely really nervous walking out there".

During a press conference, a journalist was quoted by Essentially Sports as asking: "Nick, there was a moment at the end of the match where you were cleaning up, I think you tossed away a banana". I thought the pressure kind of eased off after I won that first set (but) he didn't go away'. "I guess it's just a perspective thing, isn't it?" he said.

Against Sonego, he served 14. Kyrgios said. "Why am I really getting mad on the tennis court with everything going on?"

Golden State Warriors point and shooting guard D'Angelo Russell shared an image on Twitter on Wednesday showing him watch Kyrgios play, adding the caption: "Tuned in". Possessing one of the fastest serves in the game, he opened the year by pledging $200 for every ace he makes.

Displaying all his tricks, including some trademark "tweeners", Kyrgios closed out the match in another testing tiebreaker as the crowd went wild, with a second-round clash looming against either France's Gilles Simon or Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas.

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