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Swiss teen star Belinda Bencic says Nick Kyrgios is not the man he is portrayed to be

Belinda Bencic knows all too well the reputation Nick Kyrgios had developed given the backlash in Switzerland following the Australian's run in with her compatriot Stan Wawrinka last year.

But having linked with Kyrgios at last month's International Premier Tennis League for the Singapore Slammers, the 18-year-old Swiss sensation insists the Australian wasn't the person he had been portrayed to be.

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"Yeah we were teammates and it was the first time I got to know him a little bit," Bencic said ahead of the Sydney International.

"He's a very nice guy. Obviously he tries to play the bad boy sometimes and does a lot of show but he was really funny. We also practised a lot of times together. He's funny, I mean obviously on the court he's confident. He loves the show and the people, he really gets into it. He was a nice guy and kind and polite. It's always something different in the media to how it is in person."

Nick's just a regular guy: Swiss tennis player  Belinda Bencic says Nick Kyrgios proved a great team-mate in the  ...
Nick's just a regular guy: Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic says Nick Kyrgios proved a great team-mate in the International Premier Tennis League. Photo: Getty Images

 Bencic, widely considered the hottest young talent on the female circuit, was well aware of the controversy that arose from Kyrgios' "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend" sledge aimed at Wawrinka in Montreal.

She admits her perception of Kyrgios was  different to what she experienced as his teammate in a successful campaign for the Slammers, also featuring Andy Murray and Wawrinka.

"I thought he would be different," Bencic said. "I obviously didn't know him a lot but there was this image he had. But off the court he's very interesting. It's good to have someone like this in tennis."

While Kyrgios has dominated the headlines on the men's tour when it comes to the most promising raw talent, Bencic has been creating similar headlines on the WTA tour.

She was one of three players to defeat Serena Williams last year, becoming the youngest player in 11 years to beat the American — coming from a set down to topple the queen of tennis in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup.

She has been inundated with questions about the historic victory, but insists talk of the rare defeat of Williams isn't getting old.

"No I'm not sick of that. I'll never get sick of that," Bencic said.

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