With a collection of quality wins—and an equal number of controversies—Nick Kyrgios established himself early on as one of tennis’ most visible young players. He arrived on the tour with a splash when, in his first career main-draw appearance, he defeated Radek Stepanek in the first round of the 2013 French Open. He picked up another victory at the 2014 Australian Open, but his real breakthrough came later that year at Wimbledon. Wins over Stephane Robert, Richard Gasquet and Jiri Vesely were each career high points—that is, until Kyrgios took down world No. 1 Rafael Nadal to advance to the quarterfinals. Kyrgios also reached the quarters of the 2015 Australian Open, and cracked the Top 20 for the first time after reaching the semis in Miami in 2016. Despite his incredible talent, his habits of clashing with umpires and making controversial comments have earned him a reputation as a hothead. In late 2016, after tanking a match in Shanghai, Kyrgios was fined $25,000 and suspended eight weeks by the ATP.
Nick Kyrgios put the world on notice when he stunned Rafael Nadal at the All England Club in 2014: