Nick Kyrgios has sent Australian Open fans wild with an inventive serve through his legs.
Kyrgios has hit the headlines on a number of occasions through his tennis career, more often than not for controversial reasons.
But the Canberra-born man was in fine form as he began his home tournament with a first-round clash against British number four Liam Broady.
And he fed off the support from his compatriots in the crowd to pull off an audacious 'tweener' underarm serve which caught Broady off guard.
The return went way past the baseline before Kyrgios held out his arms to lap up the applause.
TV viewers were equally as impressed as those on their feet in the arena and took to social media to express their admiration.
One tweeted: "Ffs. Unreal. The King is back."
Another wrote: "Beautiful s*** housing from Nick Kyrgios"
A third claimed: "The hit of the tournament – Nick Kyrgios is back! Impact from below through your own legs. Liam Broady with a completely disturbed return."
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"Kyrgios doing Kyrgios things…," was the view of one fan.
And a fellow stunned supporter said: "This is simply outrageous from Nick Kyrgios."
"If I tried this, I'd have smashed the back of my leg and I'd have to retire injured. Madness second game in," joked another.
Kyrgios comfortably advanced to the second round with a straight-sets victory over Broady.
He took the win 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
The world number 114 had recently tested positive for Covid-19, sparking concerns over his fitness heading into the opening match.
But despite it being his first since September, he swept Broady away to set up a much trickier tie against world number two Daniil Medvedev.
In the last few years Kyrgios has received several fines and warnings for inappropriate behaviour and previously said he's "not dedicated to the game at all" and prefers basketball.
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