Sydney tennis club invites Nick Kyrgios to enter tournament he bombed out of when 15

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Cheeky Sydney tennis club invites Nick Kyrgios to warm up for Aussie Open by entering tournament he bombed out of when he was 15 – and first prize is just $1200

A cheeky Sydney tennis club has invited Nick Kyrgios to warm up for the Australian Open by entering a tournament he bombed out of when he was an up-and-coming 15-year-old.

The Manly Seaside Championship, played at the Manly Lawn Tennis Club on Sydney’s northern beaches has a 90-year history and has hosted some of the greats, including Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad and Evonne Goolagong.

A cheeky Sydney tennis club has invited Nick Kyrgios (pictured) to warm up for the Australian Open by entering a tournament he bombed out of when he was an up and coming 15-year-old

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A cheeky Sydney tennis club has invited Nick Kyrgios (pictured) to warm up for the Australian Open by entering a tournament he bombed out of when he was an up and coming 15-year-old

The Manly tournament is played over the Christmas-New Year period and is popular for up and coming juniors - such as Kyrgios (pictured as a youngster) in 2010 when he bowed out in the quarter finals

The Manly tournament is played over the Christmas-New Year period and is popular for up and coming juniors – such as Kyrgios (pictured as a youngster) in 2010 when he bowed out in the quarter finals

The tournament is played over the Christmas-New Year period and is popular for up and coming juniors – such as Kyrgios in 2010 when he bowed out in the quarter finals.

Tournament director Marc Dragan sent an invitation to Kyrgios, hoping he will return to the humble tournament with its first prize of $1200.

‘Nick has made it clear the Australian Open is his goal but he will need a solid warm-up before heading to Melbourne,’ Dragan told Yahoo Sport Australia.

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‘What better way to do that than to play at the Seaside and work his way back into it at a laidback but competitive tournament played at a great time of the year.

Tournament director Marc Dragan sent an invitation to Kyrgios (pictured during Wimbledon final), hoping he will return to the humble tournament with its first prize of $1200

Tournament director Marc Dragan sent an invitation to Kyrgios (pictured during Wimbledon final), hoping he will return to the humble tournament with its first prize of $1200

‘We are situated a lob shot away from the beach and there are plenty of good restaurants, shops and bars to keep him entertained when the tennis is done.

‘I’m sure he would have good memories of playing at Manly as a teenager and this might be his last chance to get on our famous honour board.’

Kyrgios has recently outraged many Aussie tennis fans with a decision to snub his country for an appearance at a Saudi Arabia tournament for a ‘six-figure’ payday. 

His decision to skip the Davis Cup also frustrated team captain Lleyton Hewitt, who said last month: ‘I don’t know. You have to ask him. I can’t try any harder.’

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Kyrgios addressed his controversial decision and insisted that it wasn’t purely based on the lucrative payday.

Kyrgios (pictured with partner Costeen Hatzi)  has recently outraged many Aussie tennis fans with a decision to snub his country for an appearance at a Saudi Arabia tournament for a 'six-figure' payday

Kyrgios (pictured with partner Costeen Hatzi)  has recently outraged many Aussie tennis fans with a decision to snub his country for an appearance at a Saudi Arabia tournament for a ‘six-figure’ payday

‘I love travelling to places where you don’t know much about tennis, and trying to draw attention to the sport, I think it’s important,’ he said via 7Sport.

‘When I retire, I want to know that I have left something and get many new fans into the sport.

His huge Saudi earnings rounds off an outstanding season in which he reached the final at Wimbledon, won the Washington Open as well as taking out the doubles title alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open.

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