Sydney: Bad boys Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic have matured and turned the corner, Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley says, after a season which will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic
Both players endured turbulent years with on and off court controversies, including brushes with officialdom and the law, overshadowing anything they did on court. Despite being the nation's top-ranked players, neither was considered as nominees for the prestigious Newcombe Medal — which rewards Australia's "most outstanding elite tennis player and ambassador".
But Tiley said Tennis Australia had mended its fences with the pair and he expected them to be on their best behaviour at their home Grand Slam, the Australian Open, next month. "I'd love nothing more than both Bernie and Nick to have a great 2016, as we all would," Tiley, who is also tournament director of the at Melbourne Park, told yesterday's The Australian newspaper.