This is a side of Nick Kyrgios that we rarely see. A more tender and sincere side of the usual larrikin to which we are accustomed.
And it was all brought to light thanks to Andy Murray's announcement that the Australian Open could be his final tournament.
The Three Grand Slam Grand Slams The champion made a tearful announcement at an Australian Open press conference on Friday.
While he was hopeful he would be able to reach Wimbledon in the middle of the year, he said his body might not allow it to last.  Murray has suffered from injuries, especially his annoying hip in recent years, and now it seems that the pain is too much.
In a devastating admission, Murray said "I can not even put my shoes or shoes without pain."
"I have a badly damaged right hip, have the operation last year was to give him the best chance of being better.
"I told my team, look I think I can overcome this up to Wimbledon. That's where I'd like to stop playing, but I'm not even sure I can do it. "
The news has rocked the industry of tennis to the marrow and has led to a wave of excitement from some of the games the biggest names.
Now Nick Kyrgios has become the # 39, last to share sincere words on the Scottish superstar from the heart.
In a touching tribute on his personal page on Instagram, Kyrgios shared the images of the duo along with how much star for him and his career.
" Andy, I know you take me for a joker most of the time, but at least listen to me with this old friend, "wrote Kyrgios
" You will always be someone who has influenced the sport in so many different ways, I know this is not never been the way you wanted to go out, but hey was a real ride.
"You took me under your wing as soon as I went on tour, and until today you've been someone who literally can not see the time."
"You're a fool p strat, miles better of me, but I just want you to know that today is not just a sad day for you and your team, it's a sad day for sport and for all those you've had an impact on. Which leaves me big these are a couple of pictures, which should make you smile and think, actually I was a little younger than you.
"Anyway, I just want you to know, and I'm sure you already do it, everyone wants you to keep fighting and keep being yourself Goodluck at the end of the Australian Open, I'll be behind you. "
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Andy, I know you take me for a joker most of the time, but at least listen to me about this old friend. You will always be someone who has influenced the sport in so many different ways, I know this has never been the way you wanted to go out, but hey was a real ride. You took me under your wing as soon as I arrived on tour, and up until now you've been someone who I literally do not see now. You're a crazy tennis player, miles better than me, but I just want you to know that today is not just a sad day for you and your team, it's a sad day for sports and for all those you've had an impact on. Which leaves me big … I'm a couple of pictures, that should make you smile and think, actually I was a little brother for you. Anyway, I just want you to know, and I'm sure you already do it, everyone wants you to keep fighting and keep being yourself. Goodluck at the end of the Australian Open, I'll be behind you. #onelastdance 🙌🏽🙏🏽
Kyrgios and Murray have put together six times over the years, with Murray holding the 5-1 advantage over Aussie.
The only victory for Kyrgios came last year when he got the better of Murray during the London / Queen & # 39; s Club tournament.
Of course the most famous duel came in 2015 at the Austrailan Open when Kyrgios was making a name with a charge in the quarterfinals.
Kyrgios had just become the first Australian man from Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 to go beyond the fourth round, but Murray spoiled the party.
It ended up being a direct victory for Murray, but set in motion an unlikely friendship between the two fiery competitors.
With the Australian Draw released, the two can only be met if they both make their way to the final.  After his tearful announcement, Kyrgios will not let him be the only one behind Murray when the tournament begins. It would be a good-bye farewell for a court star if he was able to make the fairytale ending.