Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios got emotional while entering Rod Laver arena at the Australian open yesterday as he paid tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

Yesterday was a shocking day for the entire sporting community around the world after news broke that former NBA player Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among those killed in a helicopter crash in California.

Many people expressed their shock and devastation at the news through social media, while Nick chose to pay tribute during his fourth-round clash against world number one Rafael Nadal.

The 24-year-old tennis player is known to be a massive basketball fan, and as he walked onto the court last night in Melbourne, he could be seen wearing the iconic purple and gold of the Lakers basketball jersey.

The number on the back of the Jersey was No.8, which was worn by Bryant during his first three NBA titles from 2000 to 2002.

As Kyrgios walked onto the court and waved to the crowd the emotion clearly took over him as he wiped at his eyes and attempted to hold back tears.

He wore the jersey while warming up on court before changing into his official Australian Open uniform. Kyrgios put on a good fight but went on to lose to Nadal in four sets.

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Rest easy Kobe. Never forgotten.

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This was just one of many tributes paid to Kobe Bryant and his daughter yesterday, with Alicia Keys also giving a heartfelt tribute during the opening of the Grammy Awards, which were held at the Staples Centre in LA yesterday.

Basketball fans also gathered at the Staples Centre yesterday, which is where Bryant spent his entire basketball career, laying flowers and candles in honour of Kobe and the others who were killed.