Kyrgios, Bouchard inspire kids in the Bronx before the US Open

BRONX, NY — Nick Kyrgios (AUS) and Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) spent time in the local community before playing on tennis’s biggest stage at the US Open.

For the second year in a row, Yonex teamed up with NYJTL’s Serve and Connect program at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning, which is a community engagement program connecting police and children through tennis.

To begin the morning, junior players of all levels took turns hitting with Bouchard before the Canadian decided it was time for her to give coaching tips to some of the rising stars.

Kyrgios later joined Bouchard where he played points against brave challengers. After impressing the audience with his signature tweeners, Kyrgios posed for a group photo with one rule - everyone sitting next to him had to hold up a peace sign.

Kyrgios, who was also in attendance at last year’s event, said he enjoys “to come down [to the Bronx], give some kids some belief and hope that one day they can make it to the Open.”