“Kicks” Ready To Light Up Melbourne

Nick Kyrgios
Kyrgios is Australia's best hope for an Australian Open title in 40 years. Image courtesy of theaustralian/Colleen Petch/News Limited

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Kyrgios v Delbonis


Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

  Monday January 19 – 7:30 PM (AEST)



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Nick Kyrgios has a tough match ahead of him when faces Argentinian Federico Delbonis on Monday (AEST) in the first round of the Australian Open.

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Nick Kyrgios is only 19, given what he accomplished last year. The kid known as “Kicks” to his mates made a huge statement at last year’s French Open, taking down former World No.1 Rafael Nadal to advance to the Quarter-Finals. While he failed to impress at the Sydney Open last week, he proved time and time again last year to never rule him out. Even though a back injury has hampered his preparation, Kyrgios still heads into this match as the favourite Aussie in the futures market . 

His first roadblock is Federico Delbonis , a young Argentinian with a lot to prove. Like Kyrgios, last year was a big year for Delbonis. It was the first year he qualified for all the Grand Slams, and he even managed to advance to the second round of the US Open. Unfortunately, his hasn’t been able to emulate that form so far this year, going down to World No.36 Adrian Mannarino in first round of the Heineken Open last week. But his speed and footwork continues to strengthen from match to match, making him a dangerous opponent to the unprepared.   

It may only be the beginning of his 2015 campaign, but Kyrgios has stated this will be a big year for him. A win on Monday would be the perfect start and TattsBet customers continue to favour him in straight sets . 

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