Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios met students from the Australian International School (AIS) on Tuesday, sharing stories from his journey so far with some of the school's top athletes.
The 19-year-old, in town for the Singapore leg of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) presented by Qatar Airways, also took to the courts with some of the school's tennis players, as well as two from the Anglo-Chinese School (International).
Kyrgios fielded questions from the group of 35 eligible for the AIS' Athlete Development Programme (ADP), sharing with them tips from his daily training regime, as well as how he copes with tennis stardom while still a teenager himself.
"I was not the best student," said the Canberra native, who used to train at the Australian Institute of Sport. "But you just got to try and find a balance. I can't believe I'm saying this now, but school was a lot of fun too."
The ADP is the first such scheme for an international school in Singapore, and targets elite student-athletes aged 15-16 to help develop their athletic excellence through strength and conditioning, sports theory, sports fitness and skills.
Kyrgios's 2014 season included a famous defeat of then-world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon. He plays for the DBS Singapore Slammers in the IPTL, and could feature in the team's clash against the Manila Mavericks Tuesday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.