‘Keep doing you then, champion’: Kyrgios’ brutal sledge for British journalist after Wimbledon victory
Nick Kyrgios has locked horns with a British journalist over his decision to wear bright red Air Jordans in the wake of his fourth round Wimbledon win overnight.
The polarising Australian dropped the first set but fought his way back to beat rising 20-year-old Brandon Nakashima 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2.
Kyrgios, who has already been fined twice by All England Tennis Club officials through his first three matches — including a fiery affair with Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, which spilled over into the post-match press conference — was forced to scrap his way past the young American.
But as Australia celebrates a quarter-finalist in both the men’s and women’s draw for the first time in 22 years, Kyrgios has turned heads with another heated press conference performance.
When Kyrgios was pressed over his decision to change from his white tennis shoes to the bright red basketball boots and a matching cap, he hit back bluntly.
The famous club has a strict dress code, which prohibits players from wearing anything other than clothes that are predominately white.
“Because I do what I want,” he responded.
“Well I just like wearing my Jordans.”
The reporter then revealed “I don’t want to spoil the surprise but the referees will be speaking to you about it afterwards” to which Kyrgios interjected “that’s OK”.
“I’ll wear some triple whites tomorrow,” he said.
“No one else, even after Wimbledon, no one else really walks with Jordans on the court.
The controversial star was then accused of “moaning about the controversy that surrounds him”, which he denied.
“Well yea, it’s more attention for me. What’s that saying? Any publicity is good publicity right?,” Kyrgios said.
“Keep doing you then, champion.”
The 27-year-old has missed out on facing fellow Sydney-sider Alex de Minaur in the quarter-final, with the Australian young gun giving up a two-set lead to Chilean Cristian Garin.
It’s the furthest he has gone in a men’s Wimbledon draw in eight years.
In the women’s draw, Ajla Tomljanovic has made her first ever grand slam quarter-final after upsetting Frenchwoman Alice Cornet.
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