Batemans Bay is known for attracting a wide array of visitors during the holiday period, but even the most seasoned residents would have got a shock if they passed the Bay tennis courts last Monday and saw Australia’s leading tennis player hitting a few balls.
World number 13 Nick Kyrgios visited the Bay after Christmas on a break from intensive training in his hometown of Canberra.
Batemans Bay coach Rob Frawley arranged for the 21 year old to his continue his preparation for this month’s Australian Open on the Batemans Bay courts.
I only chatted to him very briefly, but he seemed like a nice enough bloke- Hans Wesseling
Tennis Club president Hans Wesseling said they were caught off guard by Kyrgios’ stop over.
“Rob received a call from Tennis Australia on the Christmas weekend saying that he(Kygrios) was looking for a court to have a hit on,” he said.
“He(Rob) was away on holidays, so I let them in on the Monday and provided the balls.
“I only chatted to him very briefly, but he seemed like a nice enough bloke.”
Kyrgios arrived with brother Christos and hitting partner James Frawley at about 5.30pm on boxing day.
After hitting balls for a couple of hours, they returned to the houseboat where they were staying on the river, and continued to scope out the best fishing spots.
While they had planned to return to the courts across the next couple of days, their movement on the river meant they had drifted too far to come back.
It was the last chance to relax for Kyrgios ahead of his gruelling Summer tennis schedule, which began with the Hopman Cup on New Year’s Day.
Despite some negative attention regarding some of his on-court antics, Kyrgios was able to let his game do the talking at certain points throughout 2016, winning three ATP Singles titles.
Wesseling said he could be the one to watch in 2017.
“He’s doing really well right now, and I don’t think he is far from getting it all together,” he said.
“He has so much talent and is still very young, so there is a lot of development still to come from him.”
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