A beaming Nick Kyrgios has flown home to Australia to finally reunite with family and friends following his incredible meltdown at the US Open. The 27-year-old arrived at Sydney International Airport around 8am on Friday with glamorous girlfriend Costeen Hatzi in tow after bowing out in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.

He left a trail of debris on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium after smashing two racquets and was also fined for spitting earlier in the tournament. It left Krygios $47,000 out of pocket from his two weeks in New York.

Kyrgios lost a five-set thriller to Russian 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 composure.

In his post-game press conference, Krygios lamented his missed opportunity at the final grand slam of 2022. ‘I honestly feel like s**t. I feel like I’ve let so many people down,’ he said. ‘Just came out flat, physically didn’t feel great.

The scenes were completely different at Mascot Airport, where Kyrgios caught up with Hatzi’s family. Kyrgios is expected to kick back in the Harbour City the next few days before heading to the nation’s capital to see his own parents, who are both battling illness.

‘I’m devastated. But all credit to Karen. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior. ‘He just played the big points well. Really wasn’t anything in it. I feel like I’ve just failed at this event. That’s what it feels like.’

The tennis star has spoken out about being desperately homesick several times this year, and this week posted a photo of his mother to Instagram with the caption, ‘Makes me so sad and so happy at the same time’. 

After years of not realising his potential on the ATP tour, Kyrgios has finally shown tennis fans what he is capable of in recent months. He made the Wimbledon final and won the Citi Open in Washington before finishing in the final eight in the Big Apple.

He also took out the men’s doubles title at Melbourne Park with fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis at the start of the year. He is likely to start 2023 in the world’s top 20 and will be seeded at the Australian Open next January.

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