Many players had already arrived at the tournament but are "still deciding what's next," star Rafael Nadal said.
Nick Kyrgios was facing top-seeded Rafael Nadal as he honored the Lakers great, who died in a helicopter crash.
The tennis star didn't take kindly to one reporter's outrageous suggestion about his tournament loss.
The Swiss tennis champ is currently competing at Wimbledon.
The 32-year-old Spaniard beat Austria’s Dominic Thiem in three sets.
The 31-year-old is making some adjustments.
Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka in just over two hours.
Copyright 2017 by Richard C. Crepeau This year the event produced a cornucopia of big matches, dramatic tennis, and record
The 35-year-old capped his triumphant return from knee surgery with a record-extending 18th major title after a vintage battle with his Spanish rival, who had won all three of their previous meetings at Melbourne Park.
Rafael Nadal holds a winning record against almost all his rivals and is a strong candidate for greatest player of all time. The epitome of a never-say-die fighter, Nadal has become a byword for mental strength, confidence and steely resolve.