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Nick Kyrgios’ first-round victory at the Australian Open has put tournament officials in a difficult dilemma ahead of a blockbuster clash against the top seed.

The Australian tennis star booked a second-round clash with world number two Daniil Medvedev following his straight-set victory against British qualifier Liam Broady.

Officials have yet to decide which Melbourne Park pitch will host Thursday night’s blockbuster.

Center court at Rod Laver Arena is the most likely venue, but there is speculation the match could be moved to the slightly smaller capacity John Cain Arena, which is Kyrgios’ favorite court, where he has won 12 times.

The court for Nick Kyrgios' next clash at the Australian Open is yet to be decided

The court for Nick Kyrgios’ next clash at the Australian Open is yet to be decided

Rod Laver Arena main court tickets for Thursday night’s session start at $260, which would attract at least $1.85 million in revenue.

Tennis fans can purchase a Melbourne Park land pass for less than $30, which includes access to John Cain Arena, bringing in much less than $165,000 in revenue.

Rod Laver Arena has a capacity of 14,820 compared to John Cain Arena’s boisterous 10,500 fans, which could give Kyrgios an edge over the tournament favorite.

Formerly known as Hisense Arena and often referred to as ‘The People’s Court’, Melbourne Park’s second largest court was renamed a year ago in honor of the late former Victorian Premier who fought to keep the Grand Slam in Melbourne during the 1980s.

But moving to John Cain Arena will anger fans who have already shelled out for expensive tickets to Thursday night’s center court session.

Nick Kyrgios hopes to cause a second-round boil against tournament leader Daniil Medvedev (pictured with wife Daria Medvedeva)

Nick Kyrgios hopes to cause a second-round boil against tournament leader Daniil Medvedev (pictured with wife Daria Medvedeva)

Poll

Where should the Nick Kyrgios vs Daniil Medvedev Australian Open clash be played?

  • Sand John Cain 0 votes
  • Rod Laver Stadium 1 votes
  • another court 0 votes

Kyrgios doesn’t have high hopes of returning to his preferred venue and is resigned to the possibility of him playing the US Open champion on Center Court.

“I mean, we’re going to play Rod Laver, let’s be honest,” he told commentator Jim Courier in his postgame interview Monday night.

He later told reporters, “Playing it at John Cain (Arena) would be, I’ll just call it Kyrgios Court, it would be fun.”

At last year’s Grand Slam, organizers scheduled Kyrgios’ third-round clash against then-third-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem at the John Cain Arena in place of Rod Laver in a surprise move.

Kyrgios then blew a two-set lead to exit the Grand Slam in five sets.

The match could be played at the smaller John Cain Arena (pictured) instead of the Rod Laver Arena.

The match could be played at the smaller John Cain Arena (pictured) instead of the Rod Laver Arena.

Nick Kyrgios would return to the John Cain Arena on Thursday night if he had his way

Nick Kyrgios would return to the John Cain Arena on Thursday night if he had his way

Kyrgios, ranked 114th in the world, will enter the match as an underdog, despite having beaten Medvedev on the previous two occasions they have met.

“He is an amazing player, he will do special things in this sport,” Kyrgios said.

He has won a Grand Slam. I’m not even thinking about that right now.

Kyrgios returns to action on Wednesday, where he will join his good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis for a doubles match against fellow Australians Alex Bolt and James McCabe.

Tournament officials have yet to decide if the blockbuster will be played on main court Rod Laver Arena (pictured Tuesday)

Tournament officials have yet to decide if the blockbuster will be played on main court Rod Laver Arena (pictured Tuesday)


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