Kyle began playing table tennis and competing in 1997 at age of 8 in Werribee and played his first Junior Nationals in 1999 in U14 at age 10.
Davis clinched his first individual Australian titles in 2002 for U14 Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Kyle debuted in the Australian Junior Team in 2002 at the Oceania Championships – winning the U14 Singles and U18 Doubles.
Kyle was the first player in the world to compete in three consecutive World Cadet (U15) Challenges – 2002 (inaugural event), 2003 and 2004. He concurrently held 4 National singles titles in 2004 for U14, U16, U18 and U21.
Following on from his Olympics experience in Beijing, Kyle suffered major hip issues and despite five major reconstructions over the next two years and almost constant rehab, Davis had no alternative but to retire in 2010, at the age of 21.
During Kyle’s Scholarship experience, which was mostly spent in rehab, he was supported tremendously by the Victorian Institute of Sport and his Sport Australia Hall of Fame Member and Hero, Peter Hudson AM. Peter provided valuable motivational support to Kyle as he battled his hip issues.
Unfortunately, Kyle was never able to fulfil his potential in his chosen sport but went on to coach national juniors and completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and then a Masters of Management (Finance) at the Melbourne Business School. He worked initially in the finance and stock market environments of New York, married in 2018, and now (2020) is a Vice President in institutional equity sales for Wolfe Research in San Francisco; unfortunately has little time for the sport he still loves – table tennis.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- Three-time Australian Junior Player of the Year
- Five-time Victorian Junior Male Player of the Year
- Highest national Men’s ranking No 2.
- 2008: World Championships – 43rd (Australian Men’s Team 43rd)
- 2008: Beijing Olympic Games – Australian Representative
- 2007: Australian Championships – Silver (Men’s Singles)
- 2007: Commonwealth Championships – Bronze
- 2007 Table Tennis Victoria’s Open Male Player of the Year
- 2006: World Junior Championships – Round 16 (singles) and 10th (teams)
- 2004: Debuted in the Australian Men’s Team at 15 years old
Hero: Peter Hudson AM