Nick Kyrgios to play Rafael Nadal in exhibition match

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Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal are slated to entertain tennis fans in an exhibition match for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit Night. The event will be held at Sportime Stadium in Manhattan, New York City on Aug. 26.

“John McEnroe and the Event Committee cordially invite you to the 2015 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit Night starring Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe, young Australian Tennis star Nick Kyrgios, and special guests,” a statement reads on JMTPBenefit.com .

The event is hosted by McEnroe’s tennis academy. The American former World No. 1 will also participate in the event to make it more exciting for tennis fans. It wouldn’t be the first time that tennis stars and legends have played for his academy, which aims to provide scholarship. In the past, retired tennis stars such as Andre Agassi and Bjorn Borg have taken part in the event. Sensational Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic has also appeared in the event.

The exhibition match will mark the first time that Kyrgios and Nadal will meet on the tennis court since the Australian upset the 14-time grand slam champion 7-6 (5) 5-7 7-6 (5) 6-3 during the fourth round of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. It was the first and only time that both players had met on tour. It was also the first time that Kyrgios has reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam tournament.

Kyrgios’ stunning Wimbledon win over the Spanish tennis star has launched his career into the glare of publicity. He leaped to World No. 66 from the 144 th place after his Wimbledon campaign. This season, Kyrgios made his second grand slam quarterfinal appearance, falling to Andy Murray in straight sets 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3, at the Australian Open in January. He reached the fourth round at the All England Club during the 2015 Wimbledon Championships before he was dumped out by Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-1 6-7 7-6. The 20-year-old reached his career-high singles rank at World No. 25 in June.

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