School's out forever, as Kyrgios eyes top spot
Canberra tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Nick Kyrgios hopes the end of his school years will give his tennis career a timely boost as he aims to become the best junior in the world.
The Canberra prodigy has juggled homework, exams and tennis tournaments for as long as he can remember on his rise to be No.4 on the boys' junior rankings.
But he finished his studies at Daramalan College on Tuesday with the final exam of his high school years also signalling the beginning of his bid to rise to the top.
First on his list is helping the Canberra Velocity into the conference final for the Asia-Pacific Tennis League on Thursday night.
The Velocity will play the Canterbury Bankstown Wizards and needs to win to secure a place in the next round.
And with his world religions exam behind him, Kyrgios is focused on lifting his game to another level with no school distractions.
Kyrgios is coming off the most successful 12 months of his career, winning doubles titles at the junior French Open and Wimbledon.
''I'm done with school forever, I'm pretty stoked with that,'' Kyrgios said.
''I've always been going from school to training, so it's going to be good in that way … and I'll probably get to play some more computer games. I've been having to take schoolwork with me wherever I go but I was never really able to get it done. I didn't fall behind massive amounts but I've always had to catch up when I got back to Canberra.
''Now I've got a bit more time to focus on tennis, so I'll train harder and see how I go.''
The Canterbury Bankstown Wizards are led by former tour players Michael Tebbut and Allan Belobradjic.
The winner of the men's clash will secure second spot in the NSW-ACT conference and advance to the next stage of the new competition. Kyrgios injured his back last week but scans revealed minimal ligament damage and he was able to play on.
The Velocity women's team has lost just two matches in the round-robin tournament but will be without the injured Ashley Keir when it plays the Asia-Pacific Tennis Institute Steelers at Sydney Olympic Park.
Kyrgios is confident the men's team can secure victory to join the women in the next round. ''Alex Bolt is one of the best rising talents in Australia and we've got some good ACT players and experience, so I definitely think we've got a team that can do really well,'' Kyrgios said