Nick Kyrgious has attracted plenty of negative attention for his on-court antics during the Australian Open.
But this adorable footage of him playfully joking around with his mixed doubles partner and new girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic paints him in a whole different light.
The cheeky 20-year-old Aussie was walking through a corridor of the players' entrance in Melbourne on Thursday with Tomljanovic, with the pair sneaking a couple of pecks along the way.
And the loved-up Kyrgios plays the role of a young man enjoying a new romance with adorable skill, playfully falling into a wall and pretending to faint onto the ground after each kiss from Tomljanovic.
Kyrgios came under fire for arguing with the chair umpire and having a go at the crowd when he believed fans were playing music during the match.
It was later revealed that the music he heard was coming from a Big Bash match at the MCG next door.
But this playful exchange between two young people just goes to prove the point that Kyrgios is just a young bloke making his way in the world. He's got some maturing to do on the court -- to be sure -- but he's shown another side to himself that plenty of fans will find endearing.
"Like a moth to the flame they're cute together," commentator Jim Courier said when Channel 7 aired the fun exchange on Thursday night.
Lleyton Hewitt pointed out that Kyrgios and Tomljanovic, 22, probably had no idea they were on camera.
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