Rafael Nadal will find once again Nick Kyrgios on the other side of the net, for the first time since the match that launched Nick Kyrgios under the ultimate spotlight of professional tennis. In 2014 Nick beat Nadal at Wimbledon in the fourth round, to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarter-finals.
From that moment on the young Australian never looked back. Growing an aura of bad boy, Nick didn't allow tennis alone to do most of the talking, but put his talent to use reaching the last 8 in Melbourne in January and climbing the rankings to a career best at No 25 reached in June.
Now it is time to live that thrill again. Rafael and Nick will once again fight on a tennis court, this time in New York, at the John McEnroe tennis academy on August 26th. The exhibition match will take place just 5 days before the official start of the US Open .
Last year Rafael didn't manage to make his way to New York, blocked by a back and wrist injury. This time around, the 2-time Spanish champion should be sure to compete at Flushing Meadows. The John McEnroe tennis academy was inaugurated in 2010 and hosts the most promising young American tennis stars.
The exhibition will be held at Sportime Randall's Island in Manhattan. To complete the entertaining package, John himself will participate in the exhibition. It is not the first time that McEnroe sees tennis stars and legends facing off for his academy.
Players such as Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier all participated in the event in the past, the list also including World No 1 Novak Djokovic. The JMTP (Johnny Mac Tennis Project) and SportTime Clubs, partnering with the McEnroe academy, have already raised 2 million dollars to donate as scholarships for promising junior players.
"Nick is one of the players emerging on the tour. He is fun to watch and likes to have fun. I think it will be very interesting for the fans to see him taking on Rafael Nadal again" said John. ALSO READ Toni Nadal explains who Fabio Fognini was mad at in Hamburg