A shark scare at Cottesloe Beach was the only disruption to Nick Kyrgios’ Hopman Cup preparation as he enters 2016 vowing to not to change but to focus on winning.
Kyrgios was kept out of the water at the Perth beach due to a shark sighting after an eventful 2015 ending as world No. 30.
His 2016 begins at the Hopman Cup alongside Lleyton Hewitt’s farewell tour.
Australia has a double opportunity to win the Hopman Cup for a second time to go with Jelena Dokic and Mark Philippoussis’ triumph in 1999.
One team consists of Hewitt and Jarmila Gajdosova, the other Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova.
Both play Sunday with Kyrgios and Gavrilova facing Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Sabine Lisicki.
Hewitt and Gajdosova then play the Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely and Karolina Pliskova.
Hewitt has been a great supporter of Kyrgios, particularly during the tough periods he endured in 2015 and the young gun is looking forward to being on hand as he begins the final month of his career.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with Lleyton already and he helped me out throughout last year,” Kyrgios said.
“Every time there is a week when I’m together with him we can always sit down and catch up.
“If he sees anything that I can improve on, he’ll for sure speak up about it and I’m hitting with him today. I think we have a bit of a tight connection.”
Controversies followed him in 2015 because of his on-court behaviour highlighted by his widely-condemned sledge of Swiss Stan Warwinka.
But Kyrgios enters the new year not looking to change his behaviour but to continue to focus on doing anything to win.
“I feel as if my game and the way I act on the court isn’t going to change too much,” he said.
“I’ve always been an emotional guy and I wear my heart on my sleeve. Every time I go out there I just want to win and that’s going to be the objective my whole career.
“I’ve got no regrets but I knew it was going to be a rollercoaster. I’m a young dude in his career still growing into trying to be more mature.
“I think I’ve definitely grown as a person since the start of last year so there’ll be some improvements this year.”
Kyrgios begins 2016 in the opening Hopman Cup tie against German young gun Zverev, but it’s the clash with world No. 2 Andy Murray on Wednesday evening that his sights are on.
“That’s the match I’ve been looking forward to. I know it’s going to be exciting and we get along really well,” Kyrgios said.
“I know that he’s going to be really prepared and we’ll have a lot of fun out there, but at the same time both of us are going to want to win.”