Xronia Polla to Nick Kyrgios, who turns 25 today

Nick Kyrgios in full flight in Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios

Greek Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was born on the 27th of April 1995.

As of March 2020, Nick Kyrgios is ranked No. 40 in the world in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and is the second highest-ranked Australian in the ATP rankings. He has won six ATP titles and has reached eight ATP finals, including the 2017 Cincinnati Masters.

Nick Kyrgios was born in Canberra, Australia to a Greek father, Giorgos and a Malay mother, Norlaila. He has two siblings, brother Christos, and sister Halimah.

Kyrgios played basketball in his early teens before deciding to focus solely on tennis when he was 14 years old. Two years later, he gained a full scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport where he was able to further develop his tennis.

In his junior career, Kyrgios won the boys' singles event at the 2013 Australian Open and the boys' doubles event at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

During his professional career, Kyrgios reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships—upsetting then world no. 1 Rafael Nadal and world no. 13 Richard Gasquet en route—and the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open.

Kyrgios is only the third player, after Dominik Hrbaty and fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt, to have beaten Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic the first time he played each of them.

Despite his on-court conduct in his early days, Kyrgios has a big heart. He recently took to the streets of Canberra, to deliver food to anyone going hungry during the pandemic.

This is not the first time this year that the 25-year old has stepped up in a crisis and his charitable efforts have to be commended. During the Australian summer of tennis, he pledged to donate $200 for every ace he hit and it was his idea of the ‘Rally for Relief’ that helped raise millions of dollars for those impacted by the devastating bushfires.

Xronia Polla Nick!

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