Nick Kyrgios shot dead a reporter who was trying to defend a misbehaving fan in the crowd during his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic.
Australia dared to dream they could have a new men’s singles champion when Kyrgios won the first set ahead of Djokovic, but the inexorable Serbian then kicked into high gear to win the match in four sets.
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Kyrgios’ denouement began in game five of the deciding third set, when he received a code violation for swearing after claiming he was distracted while serving by a talkative spectator in the crowd.
He angrily condemned chair umpire Renaud Lichtenstein’s decision as “a joke” and demanded the woman be fired.
“She’s completely drunk…so kick her out,” Kyrgios pleaded to the French official.
“The one that looks like he’s had about 700 drinks bro,” he added when asked which viewer it was.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Kyrgios explained his frustrations with the distraction.
“I wouldn’t say she cost me the game. But like, I’m playing the Wimbledon final against probably one of the best players ever, I don’t need someone, absolutely broken, talking to me about pointing, pointing out,” he said. he declares.
“I’m all for having a good time, but talking between first and second serves me, you know? I’ve had a few nights in my life, and I knew she had too many.
“I said to the referee, ‘She talks to me a lot and she’s drunk, what are you going to do about it?’
“And he was like, ‘I didn’t know she was drunk’.
“She kept going…(and) that’s when maybe you need to give her some water or get her out.”
The 27-year-old’s cautious explanation was delivered to a lighthearted tune, but that quickly changed when a reporter tried to come to the “drunk” woman’s defence.
“You might find this interesting,” the reporter said.
“But since then, she said she had two drinks, and she was supporting you from the start.” What do you think ?
Kyrgios had steam coming out of his ears.
“Well, that doesn’t mean it’s OK to start talking to Nick Kyrgios playing a Wimbledon final, midpoint. Why are you trying to make it OK? What?” said Kyrgios.
A Wimbledon media officer then quickly moved the press conference, but that was not the only time he was unhappy with the line of questioning.
When asked if he needed to improve his composure, Kyrgios took offense.
“I think the other 126 players in the draw could improve their composure,” he said.
“But sometimes there, obviously, I got a little angry because I just looked at it like, (if) you win that tournament, you become the immortal of tennis, I think.
“It was just an opportunity for me that people work for all their lives.
“I put myself in a position to win the first set. Things started to get a little difficult. He was just solid. Then I win that fourth set and who knows.
“I mean, yeah, obviously I can improve a lot of things in my game, not just my composure. My forehand return needs to improve. I’ve worked a lot on that. Can always get stronger. Can still be fit.
“I feel like (the question) was a bit of a stretch, but I feel like everyone in the draw can improve on something.”
Playing in his first Grand Slam final against an all-time great in his record 32nd, Kyrgios hailed Djokovic as just too good in clutch moments.
“He’s just really calm,” he said.
“It’s weird, I felt like he didn’t do anything out of the ordinary today. He obviously came back the way he comes back. I feel like he’s just a great returner.
“But he was so composed. That’s exactly what I thought. In the big moments, it was as if he had never been shaken.
“I feel like that’s his greatest strength. He just looks completely within himself all the time. He didn’t look like he was playing too aggressively, even though he felt like he was playing big.
“Hats off to him.”
Despite the heartbreaking defeat, Kyrgios left the All England Club feeling like a winner.
“There’s just weight on my shoulders,” he admitted.
“I feel like there’s so much weight on my shoulders all the time when I step out on the tennis court. Now he just stepped out and I feel amazing.
“It’s the best I’ve felt in these two weeks. I was obviously super excited to be here and had high hopes, but I never felt, to be honest, good.
“I just felt so much pressure. There’s so much anxiety, pressure to do things or achieve things. If I don’t do well, like it’s too much.
“So I feel amazing. Like I was two beers deep.
– With the AAP