8. Aussie bad boys

Central Queensland News - - LIFE TV GUIDE -

THE bad boys of Aus­tralian ten­nis, Nick Kyr­gios and Bernard Tomic, had an­other year that cre­ated plenty of fod­der for the high­lights reel. The year started well for Kyr­gios, who won the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional be­fore los­ing to Grigor Dim­itrov in the fourth round of the Aus­tralian Open. Then the is­sues came. Kyr­gios missed the French Open through in­jury and other events due to an ag­gra­vated el­bow in­jury. He then at­tracted con­tro­versy at the US Open for not try­ing, with um­pire Mo­hamed Lahyani giv­ing the Aussie a pep talk dur­ing his sec­ond-round clash with Pierre Hugues-Her­bert. Kyr­gios went on to win and Lahyani was sus­pended for two tour­na­ments. Whereas Kyr­gios ended the year out­side the top 30, Tomic was able to slash his rank­ing dur­ing the year. His sea­son started in Mel­bourne, where he lost in qual­i­fy­ing for the Aus­tralian Open be­fore he was dropped into the jun­gle, lit­er­ally, for TV show I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here, with his fu­ture up in the air. The jun­gle ad­ven­ture, which ended when Tomic pulled out, turned his sea­son around. Com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing his rank­ing of No.243, Tomic kick­started his sea­son with a Chal­lenger win in Mal­lorca on clay. He would make the semis in s-Her­to­gen­bosch be­fore claim­ing his fourth ATP ti­tle in Chengdu, win­ning af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the event. Tomic, now ranked No.83 af­ter ris­ing as high as 76 dur­ing the year, and Kyr­gios were the only Aus­tralian male sin­gles win­ners in 2018.

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