Nick Kyrgios wardrobe controversy sparks heated debate
The world of tennis has been left split over Nick Kyrgios’ clothes walking in and out of Center Court at Wimbledon after the enigmatic stumbling block sported a hat and red shoes.
Hampered by a shoulder problem that seemed to put him in danger of another anti-climactic defeat, Kyrgios showed courage and heart against rising American star Brandon Nakashima to seal a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), Victory 3-6, 6-2.
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The Aussie was able to go through some tough times during the match, when he announced he couldn’t hit a forehand, with his serve booming.
Kyrgios received treatment from the second set but showed he wasn’t ready to pass up this Wimbledon opportunity after closing the match emphatically.
However, as always, all eyes were on Kyrgios during and after the game given the fireworks from the previous round.
Kyrgios’ usual antics were played down on center court, with the Aussie clearly focusing his attention on battling the painful shoulder injury.
But many fans and a journalist objected to Kyrgios’ attire on the pitch.
All players must wear white attire when entering, playing and leaving the Wimbledon grounds.
After the victory, Kyrgios threw away his white hat and shoes and put on red-colored substitutes.
A reporter tried to ask Kyrgios about the outfit change, which is against Wimbledon tradition.
“Why would you walk down center court and put on bright red sneakers and do an interview in a bright red cap?” the journalist asked Kyrgios during his post-match press conference at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios answered the question without biting.
“Because I do what I want,” he said.
“So you’re above the rules?” replied the journalist.
“No, I’m not above the rules,” he said.
“I just like to wear my Jordans…I’ll be wearing white tomorrow.”
The decision has certainly divided the tennis world, with many calling on him to pay a fine, while others said it was just another instance of Kyrgios being harassed by the media.
Kyrgios was also widely praised for not being baited into the reporter’s follow-up questions.
Kyrgios can pay a fine for flouting the rules, but that didn’t seem to bother the box office draw after reaching the quarter-finals.
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Commentator Todd Woodbridge was left baffled after accusing Kyrgios of missing the fourth set, amid fears of an all-too-familiar meltdown on the cards.
However, Kyrgios also gave fans a glimpse of his psyche showing a more personal side of himself during the press conference.
Kyrgios made a stunning admission that he wanted to fight through the tough time on center court and was able to take advantage of the moment towards the end.
“He was playing really well. I was not playing very well. But I almost enjoyed the competitiveness,” Kyrgios said.
“It’s probably the first time in my career where I haven’t been playing well, despite playing Center Court Wimbledon, a packed crowd, (and) I could just say, ‘Wow, look up. where I came”, to myself.
“I was bouncing the ball before I served. I really smiled at myself. I was like, ‘We’re here, we’re playing Wimbledon, we’re doing a good performance mentally’.”
Whatever he did, it worked as Kyrgios extended his stunning unbeaten Wimbledon record to five sets at 6-0 after dominating Nakashima in the decider.
“I’ve been here before, done it before and that’s what I was thinking,” Kyrgios told his fans afterwards.
“It’s far from my best performance, but I fought hard and the crowd was incredible.
“I’ve played a lot of tennis in the last month and a half and I’m just proud of the way I played (with the injury).”
Now enjoying the prospect of only his third appearance in the last eight at a Slam, it really looks like the opportunity is really knocking for the 27-year-old, who hasn’t been in the last eight at Wimbledon since that he was a teenager terrorizing Rafael Nadal in 2014.
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