EXCLUSIVE: Smiling Nick Kyrgios returns to Australia with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi after epic US Open meltdown – as homesick star rushes home to see sick mum and dad
- Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has returned to Australian shores following the conclusion of the US Open
- The 27-year-old flew into Sydney from New York at 8am on Friday morning
- He is expected to spend a few days with the family of his girlfriend Costin Hatzis
- He will then travel to Canberra to see his parents, who are both battling illnesses
The brilliant Nick Kyrgios has flown home to Australia to finally be reunited with family and friends after his incredible collapse at the US Open.
The 27-year-old arrived at Sydney International Airport around 8am on Friday with her glamorous girlfriend Costeen Hatzi after bowing out in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.
Kyrgios lost a five-set thriller to Russia’s Karen Khachanov on Thursday (AEST) and after shaking hands with his opponent and the chair umpire, the Canberra-born on-court entertainer completely lost his cool.
He left a trail of debris on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium after breaking two rackets and was also fined for spitting earlier in the tournament.
It left Krygios out of pocket $47,000 from his two weeks in New York.
Australian tennis star Nicos Kyrgios at Sydney Airport with his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi and her family
Kyrgios was all smiles after flying from New York, where he reached the quarter-finals of the US Open
In the post-match press conference, Krygios lamented his missed chance at the 2022 grand slam final.
“I honestly feel like s**t. I feel like I’ve let so many people down,” he said. “Once I came out flat, physically I didn’t feel great.
“I’m devastated. But all credit to Karen. He is a fighter. He is a warrior.
“He played the big points well. There really was nothing to it. I feel like I failed this event. That’s how it feels.’
The scenes were completely different at Mascot Airport, where Kyrgios caught up with Hatzis’ family.
Coffees were in demand after flying directly to the Mascot, with Kyrgios enjoying his best year on the ATP circuit
Kyrgios (pictured talking to Costeen’s mother Mary outside the airport) welcomed the Hadzi family
Kyrgios will soon head to the nation’s capital to see his ailing parents, Norlaila ‘Neil’ Kyrgios (right) and father George (left)
Kyrgios is expected to return to the Port in the coming days before heading to the nation’s capital to see his parents, who are both battling the illness.
The tennis star has spoken of desperate homesickness several times this year and this week posted a photo of his mother on Instagram with the caption, “She makes me so sad and so happy at the same time.”
After years of not realizing his potential on the ATP tour, Kyrgios has finally shown tennis fans what he’s capable of in recent months.
He reached the Wimbledon final and won the Citi Open in Washington before finishing in the last eight in the Big Apple.
He also took the men’s doubles title at Melbourne Park alongside Australian Thanasis Kokkinakis earlier in the year.
He is likely to start 2023 in the world’s top 20 and will feature at the Australian Open next January.