News from Nick Kyrgios: Wimbledon fans turn on Australian bad boy as he ignores tradition | Tennis | sport
The general public seems to be turning to Nick Kyrgios as the Australian tennis star continues to stir up controversy. The 27-year-old has qualified for the Wimbledon quarter-finals after a string of impressive performances at the tournament so far.
And he will face Chilean Cristian Garin on Court One on Wednesday, looking to set up a potential epic semi-final against Spanish legend Rafael Nadal. As always, Kyrgios grabbed headlines at SW19 and drew further attention when he appeared to break the strict All England Club tradition of players wearing only white by donning a red cap and trainers when playing. they were giving on-court interviews after his last 16 win over Brandon Nakashima.
When asked why he broke the rules during his post-match press conference, he replied: “Because I do what I want. No, I’m not above the rules. I just like to wear my Jordans. I’ll be wearing Triple Whites tomorrow.”
Judging by a survey conducted by sports expresstennis fans are far from impressed with Kyrgios’ conduct.
The poll asked the question: “Is Nick Kyrgios good for tennis after his latest outburst at Wimbledon?” The survey received nearly 20,000 responses, and an overwhelming majority of 67% (5,418) of you voted “No”.
In contrast, only 23.4% (1,891) answered “Yes”, 9.6% (780) answered “Not sure”. This seems to suggest that patience is running out with Kyrgios, and it will be interesting to see what kind of reaction he receives from the crowd in his remaining matches this week.
Garin is a man convinced that Kyrgios is good for tennis. Asked about the divisive star, he said: “I think Nick is a really good player. For me he has maybe the best serve on tour.
“Yeah, I’m in the quarterfinals, you know you’re going to face the best players in the world. For me, he’s one of the guys I like to watch. He’s very good at tennis.
“I think Nick has to be seeded because he is for me one of the best players on the tour and on grass obviously. I mean, the opportunities you have to create. If we are in this round we have both beat good players.
“I don’t see it as an opportunity. I just want to take advantage, play my best and beat every point like I always do.”