Nick Kyrgios has put to bed rumours of trouble in paradise with his girlfriend, writing a sweet message to Chiara Passari after his win at the Australian Open on Monday night.
Passari sparked some ugly rumours last week with a cryptic post about “cheaters” on her Instagram page.
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“Cheaters always want you to be loyal while they’re being unfaithful,” she wrote without mentioning Kyrgios.
Passari added: “It keeps getting better y’all.”
There were also some bizarre media reports last week that Kyrgios had deleted all photos with Passari from his own Instagram page.
However a quick scan shows there are still multiple photos of the couple looking as loved up as ever.
On Monday night, Kyrgios appeared to put the ugly rumours to bed by writing a message to Passari on a TV camera on Rod Laver Arena.
“Miss u Chizzel,” he wrote on the lens, along with a smiley face.
He later posted a photo of himself writing the message, tagging his girlfriend in the post.
The controversial Aussie also referenced Passari in his post-match press conference.
“I feel old. I feel like this sport has stressed me out. I feel like an old soul,” he said.
“At the end of the day I know it's just a tennis match. I mean obviously I'm going to get angry as I'm playing. I'm a competitor, I want to win.
“But I don't beat myself up over losses. I'm extremely lucky to even be in my position.
“I’m healthy, I've got great friends, great family. I've got an amazing girlfriend back home.
“I definitely feel I've calmed down a lot in my career now. I just take every match as it comes.
“Look at me, I'm a wise man now.”
Nick Kyrgios overcomes frustrations in win
Kyrgios overcame a slow start to beat Portugal's Frederico Ferreira Silva 6-4 6-4 6-4 in 119 minutes in their opening round encounter.
The World No.47 blew a series of break-point opportunities in the first set, but his overall class and powerful serving proved too much to handle for Ferreira Silva.
The result sets up a tricky second-round clash with World No.34 Frenchman Ugo Humbert.
Although he has displayed his usual on-court antics and verbal sprays during his return, Kyrgios feels like he is now in a better position to ride the ups and downs of tennis.
Kyrgios converted just five of his 17 break-point opportunities for the match, and he rated his performance as “average”.
He cut a frustrated figure early in the match, dropping his opening service game before bellowing at his entourage: “Are you even awake? You haven't said anything.”
The frustrations continued to build as Kyrgios blew seven break-point chances in the third game.
He finally secured the break back on his eighth chance, and from there he dominated the rest of the match.
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