Nick Kyrgios slammed after he likely got into trouble with the law for On the eve of his first Australian Open match. A photo came to light on Sunday Kyrios and his girlfriend Costine Hatzi Cruising around Melbourne on an e-scooter ahead of the Grand Slam.
In the photo, both Kyrgios and Hatzi can be seen not wearing helmets. According to the laws in Victoria, helmets are required when riding e-scooters.
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“It’s not a good look,” Said the Australian great Todd Woodbridge On Channel 9’s coverage of the Australian Open on Monday morning. The photo was reportedly taken on Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. E-scooters can reach speeds of up to 20 km/h.
Kyrgios has since responded to the uproar in a comment on a post from Australian basketball great Andrew Bogut, which read: “What a country nanny! Fine him for not taking his safety seriously.” “Nah, that’s too much now,” Kyrgios wrote.
Victoria Police later said in a statement: “Police are aware of a photo online of a man riding a scooter in Melbourne’s CBD without a helmet. Although it is unclear when the photo was taken, the Melbourne Highway Patrol, now that they are aware, Inquiries will be made in connection with the incident.”
Kyrios will start its work Australian Open Campaigning against Roman Sviulin of Russia on Tuesday. With preparations limited due to an ankle injury he picked up in the preseason, the Australian superstar will be grateful for the extra rest day.
Despite his lack of match practice over the past few weeks, which has been limited to showing up against Novak Djokovic, the Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall thinks he can move on. Rosewall won the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup in 1953 at the age of 18 and is also the oldest World Open champion, having won the event for the fourth time in 1972 at the age of 37.
Rosewall, now 88, has criticized Kyrgios before for his on-court antics. But he is hopeful the 27-year-old can finally reach his full potential at Melbourne Park this year after reaching the Wimbledon final in 2022.
“He hasn’t played much tennis lately because of his injury, so that may not help him much, but Nick is one of the guys who can rise to the occasion,” Roswall said Sunday. “Let’s hope so – Nick certainly has the potential to win the championship but time will tell.
“The general consensus of the Australian tennis population is that they want to see him play well and get ahead. He’s a good enough player to do that.”
Rafa Nadal and Iga Swiatek on opening day
Meanwhile, the defending champion World No. 1 Women’s Rafa Nadal and Iga Swiatek Title event on the opening day of the Australian Open. Nadal will face rising British star Jack Draper after back-to-back losses in the United Cup in Sydney – the first time he has started the season 0-2.
“It’s probably one of the most difficult first rounds possible,” Nadal said of his opponent, “being seeded. Young, strong, growing very, very quickly in the rankings, playing well.” “A big challenge for me at the start to start the tournament. Let’s see. I’m just here to give myself a chance.
“I know he’s playing well. He’s got a lot of positive things, probably a great career up front. Hopefully I’ll be ready to fight for that first round and let’s see what can happen.”
French and US Open champion Swiatek advanced to claim the third Grand Slam of her career. She will launch her quest at the Australian Open against Germany’s Julie Niemeyer.
The Polish world No. 1 eliminated her 68th-ranked opponent from the US Open last September in her only previous meeting. She went on to win the title as a result.
Jason Kubler, John Millman and Rinky Hijikata are the only Australian players to play on Mondays, with Kyrgios and Alex de Minor starting on Tuesday. Wildcards Olivia Gadecki, Storm Hunter and Talia Gibson will raise the flag for Australia, with Ranking number one Ajla Tomljanović leaves due to injury.
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