MELBOURNE â€“ Malaysian-Australian Nick Kyrgios last night won the Newcombe medal as Australia’s most outstanding tennis player of the year.
The 19-year-old edged out veteran grand slam champions Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur and tennis super mum Casey Dellacqua to become the youngest recipient of the prestigious award.
Kyrgios, whose mother is Malay, stunned with his fourth-round win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, in doing so becoming the first teenager since Nadal in 2005 to topple a world number one at a grand slam.
He also nervelessly and spectacularly saved nine match points against highly-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet en route to the quarter-finals at the All England Club. – BERNAMA