Worsley at the Aussie Open: Aussie 'bad boy' Nick Kyrgios easy target for keyboard cowards

You know every time you mention the name Nick Kyrgios, you know you're going to get a reaction - and abuse.

The media conference after the Aussie's loss to Milos Raonic in the first round of the Australian Open and the response to a social-media post just prove some 'fans' are on-line only to serve abuse or to make up for their own lack of success on court.

During the media conference, Kyrgios was at pains to point out his opponent played well and would have beaten most players in that form, but he was challenged at least seven times by one particular journalist, trying to bait him on a Davis Cup issue.

The public loves it when Kyrgios reacts and it sells in all forms of media in Australia. To his credit, Kyrgios held back and refused to retort, blocking the questions wherever he could and even saying, "This bloke [the journalist] does not stop".

Even a post that featured Kyrgios hitting with a young boy on court, chatting with him and making the kid's day received abuse.

The original tweet from the Aussie Open organisers had laptop crusaders, who still live at home with their mothers in their sad little world, posting insulting comments.

When I retweeted, with the comment, "Many people have a go at Nick Kyrgios, but they don't see or want to see how generous he is with his time and also with charities as well. A genuine good bloke", that received criticism too.

Maybe it's best to stay away from social media completely, but it was a nice genuine act from Kyrgios, which he didn't have to do. He's also involved in several charities, but again, this is almost frowned upon by social-media warriors.

It's easy to have a go at athletes who show personality, but when they don't show anything resembling 'personality', we consider them boring.

Both male and female tennis players now receive abuse to the extent that threatens their lives and even to lists ways they should die, along with their families, let alone telling them how ugly they are.

Maybe if the public looked at their own reflection of themselves in their laptop, it might reveal more than what they want to see.

Dave Worlsey is a Newshub sports reporter, covering his 21st Australian Open.