Australian Nick Kyrgios is up to his old tricks as he serves underarm BETWEEN HIS LEGS early on his Australian Open match against Brit Liam Broady
- Nick Kyrgios got his Australian Open underway against Britain’s Liam Broady
- The 26-year-old Australian advanced to the second-round in straight sets
- Kyrgios was up to his old tricks showboating inside the first five minutes
- He hit an underarm between the legs serve in just the second game of the match
Nyck Kyrgios wasted no time going back to his bag of tricks as he got his Australian Open campaign underway on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old had been a serious doubt to feature at Melbourne Park at all after testing positive for Covid-19 over a week ago, but was back in time to start his first-round match against Britain’s Liam Broady.
And the Australian was back to his entertaining best inside the first five minutes of the match, in front of a boisterous home crowd.
Nick Kyrgios was pulling out all the tricks in his first-round victory over Liam Broady
He hit an audacious underarm between the legs serve inside the first five minutes of the match
After walking out to a big ovation he got off to a flying start and shouted ‘I’m back’ following his first winning game.
He then started showboating as he unleashed a 220km/h serve and then looked like he was about to unleash another to seal the second game of the first set.
Instead he pulled off an audacious underarm serve between his legs which caught his British opponent off guard.
Broady was forced to improvise a one-handed backhand poke in response which went out of play to tie up the second game for Kyrgios.
Kyrgios held his arms out and shrugged at the audacity of his showboating, as the Australian crowd roared following his trick shot.
Barry Cowan on commentary for Eurosport reacted: ‘It’s a circus already.
‘He is owning this court, and he has only been on the court for five minutes, Through the legs.’
The mercurial Australian is well known for his trickshots and the tweener underarm between the legs serve was something he first produced at the Atlanta Open last year.
After testing positive for Covid over a week ago, Kyrgios was forced to isolated during that time and only flew down to Melbourne with his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi on Sunday.
Kyrgios advanced to the second round of the Australian Open taking the win in straight sets
Kyrgios didn’t have the best preparation for the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid
Despite his lack of preparation he got off to a flyer against Broady advancing to the second round in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-3).’
Back in September, Kyrgios dropped a hint about retiring from tennis as he said at the time: ‘I need to go back home. I’ve been travelling for four and a half months now. My mum is not doing too well with her health. I’d like to go back and see her.
‘I’m not one of those players that’s going to go hunting for points or hunting for accolades. I feel like I’ve got nothing left to prove to myself. I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved.
‘Obviously, I’ll get my body right and I’ll start my pre-season, spend time with my family for the Australian Open, and then go from there.’