Kyrgios leads winning start for Australia in ATP Cup then breaks down in tears over bushfires


Australia’s ATP Cup campaign got off to the perfect start in Brisbane yesterday, with Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur winning both their singles matches against Germany.

Kyrgios faced Jan-Lennard Struff in the late afternoon, convincingly winning in straight sets, his serve proving to be a powerful weapon as he managed 20 aces.

Nick Kyrgios defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-4 7-6.

The win will see him give $4,000 to the bushfire appeal, as he has pledged to give $200 per ace for the summer.

But when he was asked about it in his post-match interview, the 24-year-old Australian shed a tear.

“I don’t really care about the praise too much,” Kyrgios said.

“We [tennis players] got the ability and the platform to do something, my home town is Canberra and we’ve got the most toxic air in the world at the moment, that’s pretty sad.

“It’s tough, sorry,” Kyrgios said as he broke down.

“It’s all going to all the families, firefighters, animals, everyone who is losing homes, losing families — it’s a real thing. It’s bigger than tennis.”

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