One Direction star Niall Horan is well known for his love of golf but it would seem that Niall is also partial to a spot of tennis. As every One Direction fan knows Niall and his band mates Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik kick off their “On The Road Again” tour in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, February 7.
Niall, who has previously said he gets bored and lonely on tour, looks like he has traveled to Australia in advance of his pals and is keeping himself amused by watching fellow Brit Andy Murray play in the Australian Open tennis. According to Hello Magazine, Niall, 21, joined friends to watch the clash between Andy Murray and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park.
The Mail reports that Niall went to the tennis match after celebrating Australia Day on Monday, and looked to still be well and truly in the spirit of celebration as he sipped on a beer. Dressed in an L.A. Lakers cap and a red check shirt Niall looked happy and relaxed as he enjoyed the match. Niall reportedly got really into the match and couldn’t hide his delight when Murray won the match against the 19-year-old Australian in straight sets.
On Monday Niall had taken to social media platform Twitter to let his 21 million followers know that he was relaxing with a beer and a Bar-B-Que.
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 26, 2015
Australian news outlets are reporting that there was a comic moment between Niall Horan and Nick Kyrgios backstage after the match had finished. The two were caught on video as they passed each other on a corridor. Horan is surrounded by a huge retinue when they meet Kyrgios coming in the opposite direction. Kyrgios is clearly lost in thought after his defeat and Niall does a double take as he recognizes the young player.
It isn’t clear whether or not Kyrgios recognized Niall or not. Not being recognized is definitely something that Niall and his One Direction band-mates are not used to. When you are part of the biggest boy band on the planet public anonymity is not something you enjoy too often.
It seems likely that Kyrgios was just too deep in thought when he and Niall crossed paths, but the young man proved that he is a good sport by sending Niall a tweet thanking him for coming to watch the match. Niall was very complimentary of the young Aussie and tweeted back encouragement calling Kyrgios a “fantastic player” and advising him to get his “head down and come back stronger.”
@NickKyrgios great to watch you play nick! You're a fantastic player. head down and come back stronger next event !
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 28, 2015
Niall Horan and Nick Kyrgios may have bypassed each other on this occasion but it seems pretty clear that we will be seeing a lot more of both of them in the future.
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