Rebellious duo ready to answer critics

HE claims he doesn’t enjoy the sport, she’s more concerned with a career in modelling.

It’s tennis’ fiery pair who have a point to prove — bad boy Nick Kyrgios and glamour girl Eugenie Bouchard.

Bouchard burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old at the Australian Open in 2013.

Since then, the Canadian has attracted just as much attention with her off-field pursuits.

She’s become more accustomed to life on magazine front covers than tennis courts.

“What’s wrong with it? To be known outside the tennis world doing different shoots, to be in magazines?” Bouchard told The Sydney Morning Herald

Partial to a sexy selfie, the Montreal girl assures tennis is her No 1 priority, but won’t say no to the luxury lifestyle.

She boasts a 1.1 million following on Instagram.

Bouchard revealed she has confided with Australian wild child Kyrgios on how to cope.

The superstars made headlines when they played mixed doubles together at the 2015 US Open.

“We came to the conclusion haters are going to hate and we weren’t going to listen to them,” said Bouchard.

Kyrgios, similarly, knows how to cause a stir — not necessarily for his tennis ability, which he undoubtedly has an abundance of.

Kyrgios rap sheet

August 2015

  • Insulted opponent Stan Wawrinka during a match at the 2015 Rogers Cup: “(Thanasi) Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate.”

July 2016

  • After defeat to Andy Murray at Wimbledon: “I don’t love the sport. But I don’t really know what else to do without it.”

  • Responded to criticism from television celebrity Piers Morgan to “EAD” (Eat a d**k) post-match via Twitter.

October 2016

  • Punished for “lack of best efforts” at Shanghai Masters.

  • Fined US$16,500 (RM73,689) and banned eight weeks after loss to Mischa Zverev.

All this on top of smashing racquets, arguing with umpires and fellow players on Twitter and often throwing a tantrum.

Still, (some) Aussies love him.

This story apeared in yesterday’s Malay Mail Afternoon E-paper

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