Sydney Tennis Club invites Nick Kyrgios to participate in the tournament he bombed out of when he was 15

Cheeky Sydney tennis club invites Nick Kyrgios to warm up for the Aussie Open by entering the tournament he bombed out of when he was 15 – and the first prize is just $1,200

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

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

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

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

Tournament director Marc Dragan extended an invitation to Kyrgios, hoping he will return to the humble tournament with a $1,200 first prize.

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

“What better way to do that than to play at Seaside and work your way back into it in a relaxed but competitive tournament played at a great time of year.

Tournament director Marc Dragan extended an invitation to Kyrgios (pictured during the Wimbledon final), hoping he will return to the humble tournament with a $1,200 first prize

Tournament director Marc Dragan extended an invitation to Kyrgios (pictured during the Wimbledon final), hoping he will return to the humble tournament with a $1,200 first prize

“We’re a short walk from the beach and there are plenty of good restaurants, shops and bars to keep him entertained when the tennis is over.

“I’m sure he would have fond memories of playing at Manly as a teenager and this could be his last chance to get on our famous honors table.”

Kyrgios has recently upset many Australian tennis fans with a decision to spurn 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’ll have to ask him. I can’t try harder.

Kyrgios addressed his controversial decision, insisting it was not solely based on the lucrative payday.

Kyrgios (pictured with partner Costeen Hatzi) has recently upset many Australian tennis fans with a decision to turn his country around for an appearance in a Saudi Arabia tournament for a

Kyrgios (pictured with partner Costeen Hatzi) has recently upset many Australian tennis fans with a decision to spurn his country for an appearance at a Saudi Arabia tournament for a “six-figure” payday

“I love going 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 I’ve left something behind and bring a lot of new fans into the sport.

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

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