Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova have regained the Hopman Cup for Australia in Perth by defeating Team Ukraine.
Australia’s only previous Hopman Cup title was in 1999, when Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic beat Swedish duo Jonas Bjorkman and Asa Carlsson.
Kyrgios in particular has had a magnificent start to the year, winning attention for all the right reasons. His four straight wins included victory over the world No. 2 Andy Murray in straight sets. It’s a big turnaround from his horror 2015 season when his attitude on and off the court, towards umpires, fans and other players, made him the target of public disapproval. This year, so far, he has let his tennis do the talking.
Kyrgios believes a grand slam is on the horizon for him, with hard work and determination.
“My game can always get better. There’s always things that I need to improve on,” he said. “You can never be too ready, I feel, for a Grand Slam.’’ With that, he headed off to the practice courts for another 30-minute workout.
Kyrgios will now turn his attention to the Australian Open, beginning January 18. No Australian has won it since Mark Edmondson in 1976. – Jesse Mullens
Saturday’s finals scorelines:
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) beat Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) beat Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3, 6-4.
Top photo of Kyrgios and Gavrilova posing with the Hopman Cup from Nick Kyrgios’ personal Facebook page.