The Perth model who was photographed visiting Justin Bieber’s hotel room this month was also a guest of tennis star Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January.
Emily Baldwin, 20, said Kyrgios, 21, noticed her when he was sitting behind her at Perth’s Hopman Cup in January, awaiting his doubles match.
“We noticed each other at the Hopman Cup and then it was actually through social media the ball started rolling,” she said.
Baldwin said Kyrgios found her after she posted a video of him at the cup on social media and tagged him in it.
“He replied to it saying ‘oh, I remember seeing your face’.” she said. “We ended up meeting in person and that’s when we exchanged numbers.”
She said they met up twice at Crown Towers, by the pool, before Kyrgios invited her to the Australian Open in Melbourne.
“I thought that would be amazing so I ended up going over,” she said.
TV cameras captured the 20-year-old sitting with Kyrgios’ brother Christos and father George, in his team box. She declined to comment on whether Kyrgios paid for her flight.
Baldwin said they were still in contact but just friends. She felt the tennis bad boy invited her to the Australian Open because they got along very well and had lots in common, such as their taste in music.
Kyrgios, who yesterday withdrew from his match at the BNP Paribas Open with Roger Federer due to sickness, has been in a relationship with tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic for more than a year.
Baldwin said she only met Bieber briefly, after she was invited to his hotel room by his personal chef, Chef Aleem, 46.
“It was just a hello, goodbye introduction kind of thing,” she said.
She said she met Chef Aleem as she was leaving Bieber’s Perth concert at NIB Stadium. He was in a convoy of cars leaving the venue from a backstage exit.
“We chatted for a bit and then we exchanged numbers and kept in contact,” she said.
Baldwin said Chef Aleem then invited her to Brisbane for the next leg of Bieber’s tour.
She went along but did not get to meet Bieber again.
Baldwin said she and Chef Aleem were just friends and declined to comment on who paid for her plane ticket to Brisbane.
Baldwin’s Instagram following jumped from about 11,000 to almost 16,000 since her brush with Bieber. She is hoping the exposure will help further her freelance modelling career.
Kyrgios’ agent was contacted comment.