8. Aussie bad boys
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.