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