The Courier-Mail



Kyr­gios has vowed to let his rac­quet do the talk­ing as he bids to spring a huge Open shock af­ter spend­ing a month em­broiled in con­tro­versy.

Con­demned and sanc­tioned for his trash talk­ing, Aus­tralia’s two-time grand slam quar­ter-fi­nal­ist hopes to re­mind fans of his tal­ents against Scot­land’s third-seeded for­mer cham­pion.

In another twist, Kyr­gios will not play dou­bles with Kokki­nakis. It is be­lieved they did not en­ter in time.

Kyr­gios is in the draw to play mixed dou­bles with Cana­dian Eu­ge­nie Bouchard, who de­clared Kyr­gios “brings some­thing dif­fer­ent” to ten­nis.

“He’s en­er­getic and charis- matic and that’s a re­ally unique thing that we don’t have so much on the tour, so I think we need peo­ple like him on the tour,” she said.

Kyr­gios has met Mur­ray on court three times, and lost ev­ery match. He has never even held a set.

Yet Mur­ray fears Kyr­gios thrives on the at­ten­tion he has re­ceived and will bring his best ten­nis to the US ma­jor.

Mur­ray yesterday said he was feel­ing con­fi­dent.

“I feel very good in my game,’’ he said. “I’ve played enough – but then I’ve no idea how I’ll feel in 10 days time or if I’m in the mid­dle of a fifth set with Nick.”

Bernard Tomic, Sam S Sto­sur, Kokki­nakis and Lley­ton He­witt head­line the other Aussies on day two. They will be joined by James Duck­worth, Jarmila Ga­j­dosova, Ajla Toml­janovic and qual­i­fier JohnPa­trick Smith. NightN ses­sion starts 9am Qld time, live on Fox Sports

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