Nick Kyrgios will play at Wimbledon after receiving a wildcard. Photo: Pat Scala
Canberra young gun Nick Kyrgios has already played his way into Australia's hearts, now he's caught the eye of the reigning Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray predicting the 19-year-old is going to be the next big Aussie star.
Kyrgios will join Murray at Wimbledon next week after winning the Nottingham Challenge on Saturday night, which earned him a wildcard into the men's singles draw.
It was Kyrgios's third title of the year and was enough to make Murray take notice, despite the Scot preparing to defend his crown.
High praise: Defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Photo: Getty Images
As one of the Big Four of men's tennis, Murray is a long-way removed from the second-tier Challenger tour and hasn't played on it since 2005.
But that didn't stop the world No.5 from taking to social media site Twitter to predict a big future for Kyrgios, whose ranking of No.173 is expected to climb into the top 150 following the win.
"Another challenger win for @NickKyrgios this time on grass.. also won challengers on hard and clay! Next big aussie star," he tweeted.
"We will be seeing a lot of him very shortly on the main tour."
Kyrgios was grateful for the compliment from one of the world's best players after he'd just beaten fellow Aussie Sam Groth in straight sets at Nottingham, 7-6 7-6, the clash doubling as a play-off for a Wimbledon wildcard.
@andy_murray I hope so, thanks a lot mate. Means a lot coming from someone like you.— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 14, 2014
@andy_murray I hope so, thanks a lot mate. Means a lot coming from someone like you.
The former Daramalan College student was still on the court celebrating his victory when he got a phone call from Wimbledon officials to let him know he was playing in the world's most famous event.
It means Kyrgios will have played in all four majors, having made the second round of last year's French Open and being on the verge of making the third round of this year's Australian Open when he was cut down by cramps within sight of victory in the first round.
He also qualified for last year's US Open draw.
But the storied Wimbledon courts won't be unfamiliar to Kyrgios, who has won the last two boy's doubles titles there.
"When I got that phone call I was just overwhelmed with happiness because that's everyone's dream to play Wimbledon main draw one day," Kyrgios said after the win.
"To have that opportunity this year, it's massive. I'm going to grasp it with both arms and just go out there and do my absolute best."
Kyrgios went into Nottingham confident he could win the event and his confidence was well-placed, dropping just two sets on his way to the title after coming through qualifying.
He's now off to Roehampton, near Wimbledon in London, to prepare for the grass-court major.
"I knew that I was more than capable of winning the tournament if I played my game and just had the right attitude," Kyrgios said.
"I struggled a bit the first week, but bounced back well and eight matches it seems like an absolute journey to win one.
"I'll put my feet up for the next couple of days and head to Roehampton and get some time on the grass courts there and just chill out."