Nick Kyrgios buys into basketball team

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is now a co-owner of the NBL’s South East Melbourne Phoenix.

“I am thrilled to be coming on board with the Phoenix and my mate, Romie,” said Kyrgios, who is a passionate Boston Celtics fan.

“I love the vision he shared with me, and my team and I are really impressed with the organisation’s accomplishments in a short period of time.

“I know there is plenty that I can contribute towards the growth of the franchise and I’m especially looking forward to getting down to South East Melbourne and meeting the team and fans and working together with the youth in the city.”

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Phoenix chief executive Tommy Greer

Kyrgios practised on the centre court at Melbourne Park on Thursday as gets ready for his Australian Open campaign, having overcome an ankle issue that forced him out of the United Cup and Adelaide International.

Phoenix chief executive Tommy Greer said Kyrgios’ involvement was a “testament to the club’s vision and how much we have been able to achieve over our first few seasons”.

“Adding one of the most talented and biggest names in a global sport such as tennis is exciting for the club, especially given the fact that he’s Australian, loves the game of basketball and enjoyed undertaking this venture with Romie,” Greer said.

Kyrgios would be a part of a Romie Chaudhari-led possession group that features John Wall, Zach Randolph, Al Harrington, Josh Childress and Dante Exum.

Kyrgios joins NBA players like John Wall, Zach Randolph and more. Wants to get involved as much as possible when not travelling.