Kyrgios helps Tomljanovic prepare for Brisbane

Nick Kyrgios turns mentor for fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic as she prepares for Brisbane International on Sunday.

Nick Kyrgios has made headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last year. The troubled tennis player's worst moment of 2015 arguably came when he spectacularly sledged Stan Wawrinka during their clash at The Roger's Cup in Montreal. He copped a $10,000 fine from the ATP for his indiscretion.

However on Wednesday the 20-year-old was seen hitting with Ajla Tomljanovic at the Queensland Tennis Centre as she prepared for the Brisbane International which starts on Sunday.

"He hits the ball so hard so I’m a little more alert when I’m with him. It definitely helps me for sure," said Tomljanovic. 

“He says a couple of things he sees… He picks up things a lot quicker than I do so, yeah, it’s only positive when he has something to say,” she continued.

Fans of Kyrgios will hope that this act signals a newly acquired sense of maturity within one of Australian tennis' most prized possessions. Should this be the case, 2016 could well be the year that sees Kyrgios reach the heights many believe he is capable of.