Nick Kyrgios won the male athlete of the year award for Canberra natives. The Australian tennis player did not have a very good year as he dealt with a number of injuries, but he still managed to prevail, beating the indoor cricket star Matthew Floros and rower Caleb Antill.
Kyrgios captured his first Brisbane International title beating Ryan Harrison in a straight-set final in January, and he will be back late this month to try to retain his crown. Robert de Castella, the Award selection panel chairman, said: 'Nick's an incredible athlete and we all love to see him competing and representing us on the court.
We're incredibly proud of what he does with the racquet and also incredibly proud of the contribution he's making to the community, the work he does with the up and coming tennis kids out at Lyneham and through the new foundation that he's setting up to use his profile to help kids that are struggling.
We're really excited to be able to acknowledge and recognise him and really look forward to seeing a continuing contribution to the young kids and the community.' During the US Open Kyrgios praised Roger Federer: 'I think his slice return, his chip return, is the best the game has ever seen.
There has never been a better chip return ever. I think if you took that shot away, he wouldn't be as good because he neutralizes big serves as well. He turns it into pretty much instant offence. His serve and first shot unbelievable, very unpredictable.
And he's unbelievably efficient. Never gets tired, doesn't seem like it. His movements are so efficient. He's just, yeah, those would be the three things. He's efficient, serve and the first ball, and chip return.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title