Kyrgios has chosen to play in the main draw of the Brisbane international for the first time, joining world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and two other top-10 men, Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov, in the men’s field so far for the December 31-January 7 tournament.
The Australian No. 1 started his past three Australian Open campaigns at the Hopman Cup, but Perth organisers last week confirmed Thanasi Kokkinakis and Daria Gavrilova as their Australian team.
Kyrgios didn’t last long at the Shanghai Masters7. AFP Photo / Chandan KhannaSource:AFP
Kyrgios, 22, has not played a main draw match at the Queensland Tennis Centre, having lost in qualifying as a 17-year-old.
While he is a polarising figure in Australian sport, he has had raucous support especially from younger fans at tournaments in his home country and will have a large a slice of the Pat Rafter Arena supporters in his corner during his appearances.
Kyrgios has made two finals this year without claiming another ATP Tour title, but has had wins in 2017 over Nadal, Novak Djokovic (twice) and world No. 4 Alex Zverev (three times).
He was scathing of his own Grand Slam results this year after taking a first-round loss at the US Open to go with a first-round exit at Wimbledon and second-round finishes at the Australian and French Opens.
Despite his talent and love of a big stage for his matches, Kyrgios’s last quarter-final at a Grand Slam event came at the 2015 Australian Open and he is ranked No. 21 this week.
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The traditional tennis goers of Brisbane will hope Kyrgios does not behave like he did during a first-round loss at Shanghai on Tuesday.
Kyrgios controversially retired from his match against American Steve Johnson after losing the first-set tiebreak 7-6 (7-5).
Social media said Kyrgios hit two balls out of the stadium, rebuked hecklers and received a point penalty against him at 4-3 in the tiebreak for what was believed to be swearing.
It is the same arena where the Canberra was suspended for tanking last October, incurring a suspension from the ATP for the remaining tournaments of 2016.