Nick Kyrgios is young lad’s "favourite player" despite being hit by tennis ball

Nick Kyrgios has a new fan after he gave away a racquet to a young lad that he accidentally hit with a tennis ball.

Kyrgios often lets his emotions get the better of him on the court and it happened again during a doubles match at the Australian Open.

After his partner and fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis had hit the net with a serve, he smashed an anger-filled shot into the ground which flew up and away.

The ball stopped when it hit Fin Crane, a nine-year-old in the crowd, who burst into tears.

However, all has been forgiven after Kyrgios redeemed himself with an act of kindness.

Fin pointed to where the ball hit him as he told The Today Show: "It hit me in the stomach and it did hurt.

"Giving me his bat made me feel a lot better, he is now my favourite player."

The incident was part of a drama-filled match for Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, who go by the nickname 'Special K's'.

The pair were playing up to their home crowd against New Zealander Michael Venus and German Tim Puetz.

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It was particularly heated between Kyrgios and Venus, who exchanged several words throughout the match which ended 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the Aussies' favour.

Venus later said: "The amount of messages I got from people, an extreme amount, way, way more than I've ever had but then a lot of messages from people saying how embarrassed they were with the crowd's behaviour and they're sorry, it shouldn't have been like that.

"They'll always be his supporters and he'll spin it in a way that helps him but at the end of the day he's an absolute k***."

He added: "It's amazing, he can smash a ball out that hits a kid and just 'cause he gives them a racquet afterwards people can say he's such a good guy."

But Kyrgios, who is now into the semi-finals with Kokkinakis, promised fans they would "always have a show" when he's in action.

He also said post-match: "Unreal scenes. I'm not finished, I want to win this f***ing thing to be honest."

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