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Nick Kyrgios On Reaching Wimbledon Final: – ‘I’m A Reckless Ball Of Energy’

The tennis star has also hit back at some former Australian tennis greats who have criticised him in the past.

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios said he had a ‘shocking’ night of sleep after learning he has made it through to his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.

 

The world No.40 is through to the title match after Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from the competition on Thursday evening due to a tear in his abdomen. Kyrgios is playing in his 30th major tournament and until now he had never gone beyond the quarter-final stage. He has now become the first male player from his country to reach the final at The All England club since Mark Philippoussis in 2003.

“As a competitor, I really wanted to play that match. It was something that as soon as I beat (Cristian) Garin, Rafa was a high possibility, someone I’ve had so many good battles with before,” Kyrgios said on Friday.
“We’ve both taken a win against each other at this tournament. I did want to see how the third chapter was going to go.’
“Obviously you never want to see someone like that, so important to the sport, go down with an injury like that. “

Kyrgios can be a divisive figure in the sport due to his at times controversial antics such as arguing with match officials or committing code violations. At his lowest, he was issued with a provisional suspension from the Tour. However, few doubted his talents on the Tour. He is a player who has recorded 25 wins over top 10 players in his career, including every member of the Big Three.

Admitting that he never saw himself reaching a Grand Slam final, he is finding it hard to process what has happened this week.

“I had a shocking sleep last night. I probably got an hour’s sleep just with everything, like the excitement. I had so much anxiety, I was already feeling so nervous, and I don’t feel nervous usually.” He revealed.
“I feel like I’m just a reckless ball of energy right now. I just want to go out on the practice court now and hit some tennis balls and just talk. I want the final to come already.”

In total Kyrgios has three days between playing matches heading into the final as a result of his semi-final walkover. Some would argue that this benefits him heading into Sunday as in theory he should be feeling fresher on the court. Although there are also drawbacks to situations such as these.

“Obviously at a Grand Slam, you want to have those matches. I think in a way the competitive juices, you want to have those going, the adrenaline. That’s just something that I’m going to have to go into the final without that semifinal kind of experience.”

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The unprecedented journey this week for Kyrgios comes in what is only his eighth tournament of the season. Unlike most players on the Tour, the former top 20 player has openly said he is not prepared to travel for more than four months. Saying he likes to spend time with his family.

As for his route to the final, Kyrgios believed it wouldn’t have been possible without the valuable lessons he learned during this year’s Australian Open doubles tournament where he won the title with Thanasi Kokkinakis.

“I think in Melbourne I realized that. Even at a doubles Grand Slam you do need to just get your stuff done quick and clinical, then just rest.” He explains.
“I felt like earlier in my career, I didn’t realize that these days off and practice are so crucial.”

Now the limelight in Kyrgios’ native Australia will be back on him and for all the right reasons too. Should he win the men’s title, he would become only the third from his country to do so in the Open Era after Rod Laver and John Newcome.

Although being compared to other former greats of the sport is something that leaves him with mixed emotions due to what they have said about him in the past. For example, two-time Wimbledon finalist Pat Cash accused Kyrgios of cheating, abuse and dragging tennis down to new depths following his tense meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier in the tournament. Cash made his remarks whilst speaking to BBC radio.

The only exception he makes to the critics is his Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt who he says respects him. The two had a hitting session for an hour and a half before Wimbledon started.

“The greats of Australian tennis, they haven’t always been the nicest to me personally. They haven’t always been supportive,” Kyrgios stated. “They haven’t been supportive these two weeks. So it’s hard for me to kind of read things that they say about me.’
“The kind of only great that’s ever been supportive of me the whole time has been Lleyton Hewitt. He kind of knows that I kind of do my own thing. I’m definitely the outcast of the Australian players.”

It isn’t just former Australian players who have criticized Kyrgios. An opinion piece published by The Telegraph said his run to the final was Wimbledon’s ‘worst nightmare.’ A remark made in light of the controversial behavior, as well as the recent revelation that the tennis star will go to court next month on assault charges involving his former girlfriend.

“I just try to enjoy the ride. If that’s what they want to write, I guess that’s what they want to write. I can only control what I do. I’m just going to go out there and enjoy the moment. Since I was born, only eight people have ever won this title. I’m just going to give it my best shot,” he concludes.

Kyrgios will play either Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie in the final.

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Dominic Thiem Rules Federer Out Of GOAT Debate

The Austrian puts forward his theory on who should be regarded as the best player in history.

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The honour of which player deserves to be regarded as the greatest of all time (GOAT) should be decided based on one factor, according to Dominic Thiem. 

 

The former world No.3 has weighed in on the debate by suggesting that the argument should be settled by the number of Grand Slam titles a player has won as they are the most prestigious tournaments in the sport. In tennis, the four major tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. 

Thiem’s GOAT criteria have therefore ruled Roger Federer out of contention. The Swiss maestro was at one stage the frontrunner due to the numerous records he has broken throughout his career. However, he retired from the sport last year with 20 Grand Slam trophies under his belt which is less than both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who are currently on 22 each. 

“In my opinion, the Grand Slam titles should be the defining criteria when determining the best of all time, they are the four most important tournaments in tennis,” Eurosport quotes Thiem as saying. 
“Everything else is fine, but it’s not the same. The Slams are what counts, so the GOAT will probably be the one with the most Grand Slams.”

Others will argue that more factors should be taken into account in the subjective debate. For example, Federer has won 103 ATP titles which are more than his two rivals, Djokovic holds the record for most weeks as world No.1 and Nadal has won more tournaments on clay than any other player in history. Furthermore, there is the players’ win-loss rate on the Tour and their records against the top 10 players. 

Recently at the Australian Open Djokovic won the men’s title for a historic 10th time in his career. An achievement that has been hailed by Thiem who was runner-up to the Serbian at Melbourne Park in 2021. 

“I am not very surprised, Djokovic still looks young,” he said. “Physically and mentally, because of the way he moves on the court. It’s like he was 25 years old.
“We have to be honest, he is the best, so his victory was not very surprising.”

Thiem has won one Grand Slam title which was at the 2020 US Open when he became the first man in the Open Era to come back from two sets down to win in the final. He has also been runner-up at the French Open twice, as well as the Australian Open once. 

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Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open Injury ‘Hard To Believe’ In The Eyes Of His Opponent

Some details surrounding Djokovic’s battle with a hamstring issue ‘doesn’t make sense,’ according to Enzo Couacaud.

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The only man to take a set off Novak Djokovic during the Serbian’s run to a historic 10th Australian Open title believes there are unanswered questions over his injury. 

 

France’s Enzo Couacaud took a set off the world No.1 before losing their encounter in the second round at Melbourne Park. At the tournament Djokovic was dealing with a hamstring problem which he picked up at the Adelaide International earlier this year. Throughout the tournament, he was wearing strapping on his leg and there was uncertainty about if he would be able to continue playing in the Grand Slam event. 

Despite the issue, Djokovic claimed a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title by disposing of Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final. Afterwards his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, claimed that 97% of players would not have played if they were in a similar situation. The exact diagnosis of Djokovic’s injury hasn’t been addressed by his team but Australian Open director Craig Tiley said he suffered a 3mm tear. 

However, Couacaud has questioned the significance of the injury to begin with. During an interview with Tennis Actu, the world No.172 believes that some of the details appear to be ‘far-fetched’ as he draws parallels with Rafael Nadal, as well as footballer Kylian Mbappe.  

“Novak claimed he was playing with an injury, a big injury,” said Couacaud. “When athletes are injured in combat sports, they often can’t continue. When Rafael Nadal is injured, he can’t run. Kylian Mbappe, for example, is out for two weeks.
“And those are the greatest athletes, not those who don’t have access to top-notch care. It is therefore difficult to believe that only one man in the world can continue with an injury.
“When you take the examples of Nadal or Mbappe, but especially Rafa, with an injury to Wimbledon, he couldn’t even serve. When you see the greatest who can’t set foot on the pitch and another who wins a Grand Slam by playing every day for 15 days. It still seems a bit far-fetched.
“There are little things that don’t make sense to me. I was always told not to stretch with an injury. You saw Novak stretching all the time. You say to yourself, either they have a new method in Serbia, or it’s weird. Little things like that, he has his staff, but I’m too far to judge the authenticity of anything. It is true that it seems hard to believe.”

It is not the first time Djokovic has faced accusations that he has in some way exaggerated the significance of an injury. He encountered a similar situation during the 2021 Australian Open where he suffered an abdominal injury. After winning the tournament, he confirmed that he sustained a tear in the region. 

Speaking to journalists at Melbourne Park last month, the tennis star once again hit back at his critics and claimed that he was being singled out. 

“I leave the doubting to those people – let them doubt,” Tennis Majors quoted Djokovic as saying in Serbian following his fourth round win over Alex de Minaur. “Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting… I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone.
“I am not really interested at this point what people are thinking and saying. It is fun, it is interesting to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, narrative that is different compared to other players that have been going through similar situation. But I am used to it, and it just gives me extra strength and motivation. So I thank them for that.”

Djokovic has won 93 ATP titles during his career which is the fourth-highest tally in history. Only Ivan Lendl (94), Roger Federer (102) and Jimmy Connors (109) have won more. 

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Nick Kyrgios Admits Assaulting Former Girlfriend But Avoids Prosecution

The tennis star says he ‘deeply regrets’ how he reacted during an argument with his former partner.

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Nick Kyrgios (AUS) playing against Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) in the third round of the Gentlemen's Singles on No.1 Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 6 Saturday 03/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jonathan Nackstrand

Nick Kyrgios will not be charged with assault despite pleading guilty to shoving over his former girlfriend following an argument. 

 

The Wimbledon finalist attended court on Friday after he was accused by his former partner, Chiara Passari, of assaulting her during an incident that took place on January 10th 2021. Kyrgios was initially charged following an argument which took place outside of Passari’s apartment in the inner-city Canberra suburb of Kingston. 

At a hearing at the ACT Magistrates Court, it was revealed that Kyrgios’ ex-girlfriend was standing in front of an Uber car door which prevented him from closing it before he pushed her over. When she fell to the ground, he was heard saying ‘seriously.’ In the minutes leading up to what happened, Kyrgios told Passari “leave me the f*** alone” and to “just f***ing piss off” when he was asked to get out of the car and calm down. He had called for an Uber ride following their argument. 

Passari, who didn’t report the incident to the police until 10 months after it happened, suffered a grazed knee and hurt her shoulder as a result of her fall, according to her legal filing. Kyrgios apologized for his actions two days later when the two met at a Canberra cafe. Unknown to him at the time, that conversation was recorded by Passari. The two continued their relationship for some months before breaking up. 

Magistrate Beth Campbell has ruled in Kyrgios’ favour despite him owning up to his actions. In her verdict, Campbell said the seriousness of the matter was ‘low’ and the tennis star was not likely to re-offend again. 

“You acted in the heat of the moment,” she said.
“I am dealing with you in the same way I would deal with any young man in this court. You are a young man who happens to hit a tennis ball particularly well.”

During the hearing, evidence was heard from Kyrgios’ psychologist, Sam Borenstein, who said his mental health issues were ‘recurrent’ and he has suffered from thoughts of self-harm. Although Borestein says his condition has improved in recent times. Furthermore, Kyrgios’ lawyer, Michael Kukulies-Smith, said there was “a relationship between the mental health and the offending – even though he no longer suffers it to the same extent today.”

In a statement issued following the court’s decision, Kyrgios said he reacted ‘in a way he regretted’ and apologized for his actions. He went on to attribute what happened to his mental health condition at the time. 

“I respect today’s ruling and I am grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without conviction,” he said.
“I was not in a good place when this happened and I reacted to a difficult situation in a way I deeply regret. I know it wasn’t OK and I am sincerely sorry for the hurt I caused.
“Mental health is tough. Life can seem overwhelming. But I have found that getting help and working on myself has allowed me to feel better.”

Before his guilty plea, Kyrgios had argued that the charge should be dropped on the grounds of his mental health but that appeal was withdrawn when the court found that he is not currently suffering from a major depressive illness. 

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