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Nick Kyrgios donned a Lakers’ jersey as he walked out to the court to take on World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in their Australian Open pre-quarterfinal clash. NBA great Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

As a tribute to NBA great Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Nick Kyrgios donned a Lakers’ jersey that had the name of Bryant at the back of it during his pre-quarterfinal clash with World No. 1 Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, Monday.

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Kobe Bryant died with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash northwest of Los Angeles. The sudden death of the basketball legend shocked athletes and others across the world.

Kyrgios walked out wearing a yellow Lakers jersey and filled with emotions as he sat on the bench on the side of the court. The Australian, however, removed the jersey before taking on Nadal.

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Ahead of the start of the match between Kyrgios and Nadal, a video was also played at the Rod Laver Arena to pay tribute to Bryant, one of the greatest players in basketball history and a five-time NBA champion.

The 15-year-old Coco Gauff had Bryant’s numbers 8 and 24, along with the inscription “Mamba Mentality,” on her shoes in a doubles match at Melbourne Park.

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Kobe Bryant died with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash northwest of Los Angeles.

Many fans in the crowd were also spotted wearing Bryant jersey.

Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie and played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers – 18 of them as an all-star – winning five NBA championships. His death sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association, which he helped propel to global prominence, and stunned fans around the world.

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