Kyrgios and his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis are now just one match away from claiming their Australian Open doubles title.
The Aussie duo will face off against fellow Australian players Matt Ebden and Max Purcell in Saturday night’s much-awaited final.
The ‘Special Ks’ have been nothing short of brilliant throughout their doubles campaign, with their semi-final showdown the most viewed tennis match in Australia in the last 15 years.
Christos Kyrgios, Nick’s older brother, said their mother has suffered from heart problems in recent years and has been unable to watch Kyrgios on the court.
A young Nick Kyrgios is seen with his mum Norlaila, who has been cheering him on through his stellar doubles campaign
Norlaila and Giorgos Kyrgios, the parents of Nick, are seen at the 2015 Davis Cup
‘She’s a fighter. She has some heart issues and combining that with the heightened tension around watching Nick’s matches, she hasn’t been able to watch them at all, even on TV, over the last few years,’ Christos told The Herald Sun.
‘But this doubles campaign has really allowed her to get involved and be right there courtside, which is so great to see.’
Ms Kyrgios last week shared a photo of her watching her son on TV while tucking into a glass of red wine and she’ll be cheering him on again on Saturday night.
In September last year, Kyrgios, 26, quit every tournament he had on for the rest of the year, claiming he was sick of being on the road and wanted to spend time with his sick mum.
At the same time he hinted he may step away from tennis altogether within the next five years.
‘As long as I’m on the court I’ll try and give my best but I’m not going to lie and say I plan to play for four or five more years on tour, that’s just not me,’ he said.
Kyrgios is pictured with his family. Last September he pulled out of tournaments to be with his mother
‘I need to go back home, I’ve been travelling for four and half months now, my mum’s not doing too well with her health, I’d like to go back and see her.’
‘I want to spend time with my family.’
Back in February when players were complaining about strict quarantine measures ahead of last year’s Australian Open, Kyrgios said he’d be more than happy to isolate.
‘It’s not about me. My mum is incredibly sick,’ Kyrgios said.
Kyrgios’s mother is seen courtside during the 2016 Australian Open
‘There’s too much risk in all of this. I don’t understand what’s so hard for tennis players to understand.
‘Like, you’re just a tennis player. Do you know what I mean? It’s not life and death like this is.’
All eyes are now on the star duo Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, who have proved to be a pairing made in heaven.
The two have known each other since they were kids and played in the junior ranks together, taking the junior Wimbledon doubles crown in 2013.
All eyes are now on the star duo Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis who have known each other since they were kids (pictured at 2013 junior Wimbledon)
They struck a friendship from travelling the country and appearing in the same tournaments, with Kokkinakis saying he remembers Kyrgios as the ‘chubby kid from Canberra’.
‘The energy with Thanasi, it’s just always a pleasure to play with you brother,’ Kyrgios said earlier.
‘This Aus Open is more about the people, playing for them is more important than our doubles success,’ he said.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios will fight for the doubles Australian Open title on Saturday night
‘I just want to give the people a show. This is the most fun we’ve ever had on the court.’
Kokkinakis said they were feeding off the response of the ground but found a lot of comfort in playing with his mate.
‘We’re able to feed off each other and talk rubbish between points. We just have fun out there,’ he said.