Australia's Nick Kyrgios during the Davis Cup clash against Slovakia in September.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios during the Davis Cup clash against Slovakia in September. Rob Griffith

Kyrgios snubbed for Newcombe Medal

TENNIS: Three tournament wins and a career-high No.13 world ranking weren't enough to offset Nick Kyrgios' bad behaviour in the eyes of Tennis Australia.

The 21-year-old firebrand has been snubbed for consideration for the Newcombe Medal for Australia's "most outstanding elite tennis player and ambassador for the sport”.

His failure to be nominated for the Tennis Australia award followed his three-week suspension for a meltdown in Shanghai.

After the snub, Kyrgios had a Twitter exchange with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who played only one match this year because of injury.

"Surely I'm nominated at the Newcombe Medal this year?!?” Kokkinakis tweeted sarcastically.

Kyrgios replied: "Kokky this applies to us both.”

Kyrgios also re-tweeted a follower's message, describing the Newcombe Medal as "slowly morphing into the teacher's pet award”.

Bernard Tomic also missed a nomination for the medal.

He spent much of the year in the top 20, reaching two grand slam fourth rounds and making a final in Mexico.

He missed the Olympics and did his chances no good for the medal when he held his racquet head instead of the handle when facing match point against Fabio Fognini at the Madrid Open.

Those short-listed for the medal were Dylan Alcott, Daria Gavrilova, John Millman, John Peers, Samantha Stosur and Jordan Thompson.

Alcott and Gavrilova would be the likely favourites for the award, which will be handed out in Melbourne next Monday.

Wheelchair tennis player Alcott won the Australian Open in 2016 and claimed gold in singles and doubles at the Paralympic Games.

Gavrilova reached a career-high No.25 in 2016.

"This year has been just incredible for me,” Gavrilova said in a statement.

"Winning the Hopman Cup with Nick (Kyrgios), getting to represent Australia in Fed Cup and at the Olympics and now this, a nomination for the Newcombe Medal.

"I'm so proud and grateful.”

Kyrgios and Tomic were also overlooked in 2015 when other issues held sway over on-court performance.

Last year's award went to Sam Groth, who had a horror 2016.


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