There is a bit of racket over Nick Kyrgios, and it has nothing to do with his on-court behaviour; the Aussie tennis star has just purchased a house at Tuross Head.
Canberra-based Kyrgios was in the shire over the Christmas holidays, hitting some balls with playing partner James Frawley at the Bay tennis courts on Boxing Day, before scoping out the best fishing on the Clyde from a houseboat with brother Cristos. And perhaps scoping out holiday houses as well?
The Kyrgios family recently bought a two-storey home a couple of blocks back from the beach, with ocean views and just a few minutes drive to the Tuross Head Tennis Club.
Of Course, Kyrgios is welcome to come for a bash and some beers – but it’s his shout.Dean Malcolm
Club president Dean Malcolm said Kyrgios was most welcome to play at the club, although “he would need to stump up for court hire, like everyone else”.
“No freebies,” Mr Malcolm joked.
Mr Malcolm said the Tuross club tennis was more social than competitive.
“Of course, Kyrgios is welcome to come for a bash and some beers – but it’s his shout,” Mr Malcolm said.
Club member Bob Clancy joined in the fun.
“It’s $7 per hire, Mr Kyrgios – $5 if you are a member,” Mr Clancy said.
New club member Barbara Buckley was not surprised the Kyrgios family chose to buy at Tuross Head.
“I visited Tuross last November for a holiday and fell in love with the place – this is it!”
Soon after, Ms Buckley retired and bought a Tuross home.
The club’s past president Kay Crisp said she thought it likely Kyrgios would play on the Tuross courts.
“I am sure he will: We have four good, turfed courts, with lights,” Ms Crisp said.
Ms Crisp said she hoped to meet the tennis star.
“When we first saw him on the television we thought how much he was like our grandson.”
Kyrgios can look forward to some holiday time after dropping from the first round at Wimbledon with an injury; losing the first two sets to an unseeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Ranked 20th in the world, the 23-year-old was widely reported as struggling with a troublesome hip in the lead up to Wimbledon. In the 65 minute match, Kyrgios made 17 unforced errors and was unable to return 23 serves.