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Nick Kyrgios soars to rankings high

AAP logoAAP 24/10/2016 Ben McKay

Nick Kyrgios' racquet is in his bag for 2016 but that hasn't stopped the Australian soaring to a new high.

The 21-year-old has jumped to world No.13 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.

Kyrgios is currently serving a suspension for "conduct contrary to the integrity of the game", after throwing his second-round match at the Shanghai Masters.

But he jumped a spot in the rankings when Roberto Bautista Agut failed to defend rankings points at the Kremlin Cup this week.

The Spaniard was a finalist in 2015 but crashed out in the second round this year.

Kyrgios acknowledged his career high on Twitter, writing "lol" while quoting a post which read: "No news about it but Kyrgios reached a new career high of 13 today ... but that's none of my business."

The Canberran earned his biggest tournament win of his career earlier this month, winning the Japan Open.

The following week, his conduct in Shanghai brought another wave of controversy, with the tour sidelining up to the start of the 2017 Australian Open unless he seeks counselling.

Kyrgios was roundly condemned for his actions but found a supporter in former Aussie ace Mark Philippoussis.

The 39-year-old Philippoussis told the ATP website the youngster deserved the chance to make amends.

"People are afraid of and quick to criticise things they don't understand," he said.

"That doesn't excuse certain actions, which I'm sure he'll agree to, but the only thing you can hope for is that he learns from this.

"He's still only 21 years old and it's not easy being on the world stage with tennis ...it's been a solid year for him."

The 2003 Wimbledon finalist said Davis Cup captain and 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt would provide the best support that Kyrgios could as for.

"His career was incredible and very inspiring, so he definitely has a lot to offer to the young guys," he said.

"That said, you can have the most qualified guy in the world, but it makes no difference if the other person isn't listening."

Kyrgios has earned enough rankings points to be seeded at the Australian Open despite his year-ending suspension.

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