Nick Kyrgios reached the first Grand Slam semi-final of his chequered career with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 7-6(5) victory over Chile’s Cristian Garin at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
The unseeded 27-year-old lost the opening nine points on Court One but ultimately had too much firepower for Garin who had hoped to become Chile’s first Wimbledon semi-finalist.
In surpassing his previous best Wimbledon run to the quarter-finals eight years ago, Kyrgios becomes the first Australian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for 17 years.
It was a generally low-volume Kyrgios, who has been summoned to appear in a Canberra court next month on an alleged assault charge, although he did lambast his sizeable entourage as the match dragged on.
There were few baseline fireworks from the Australian but his serve once again underpinned his game, digging him out of trouble whenever Garin threatened to make a contest of it.
Garin battled hard to extend the third set into a tiebreaker and looked set to drag the match into a fourth set when he led it 5-3 but Kyrgios hit back to win the last four points.
He will face Rafa Nadal or Taylor Fritz in the semis.
Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his quarter final match Wimbledon Tennis Championships
The Australian collapsed with relief after defeating his Chilean opponent Garin as the court erupted into cheers
Kyrgios lost his cool with an umpire today as he complained about noises from the crowd after going two sets up in his quarter final clash against Chile’s Cristian Garín – which is taking place hours after the Aussie was charged with assaulting an ex.
‘You can’t just shout out like that,’ the Aussie told the official, as he accused Wimbledon of doing nothing to stop fans being loud during points while strictly enforcing its all-white dress code. ‘I can’t even wear coloured trainers,’ he added.
Despite his outburst Kyrgios was dressed in all white today after causing a minor controversy by stepping out for his fourth round match wearing a pair of red shoes and a red cap.
Despite some early wobbles it’s been a convincing performance so far by Kyrgios, who is in pole position to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final. But he’s still in a characteristically feisty mood – turning to his entourage and complaining loudly after almost every lost point.
Watching on from the stands is his girlfriend, psychology student Costeen Hatzi, 22, who held hands with him in a show of support as they arrived at the All England Club this afternoon. She’s joined by Kyrgios’ sister, Halimah – a singer who starred on The Voice Australia – his father Giorgios, and his manager, Daniel Horsfall.
Kyrgios is facing allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, model Chiara Passari, in an incident last year and will appear in court in his hometown of Canberra on August 2. The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Despite opting for the most remote practice court during training yesterday in an apparent attempt to keep away from the press, today a defiant Kyrgios today asked to be put on the one nearest to the public walkway, according to Channel Nine in Australia.
Kyrgios in action against Chile’s Cristian Garín’s on Court Number One today, with fans bracing for further dramatics
Watching on from the stands is his girlfriend, psychology student Costeen Hatzi, 22, who arrived hand in hand with the player as they arrived at Wimbledon before the match
It’s was a poor start today for Kyrgios, who was broken in the first game and is already complaining loudly and swearing at his entourage
The Australian gestures as he sips on a water during a changeover on Number One Court this afternoon
He’s in a characteristically feisty mood, turning to his entourage and complaining loudly after almost every lost point
Kyrgios’ entourage, from left to right: His sister, Halimah; manager, Daniel Horsfall; personal physio, Will Maher; and girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi
Garín is the current Chilean Number One and has an ATP ranking of 43. He was born in Chile’s capital, Santiago
It’s been a poor start for Kyrgios, who was broken in the first game and is already complaining loudly to his entourage
Kyrgios and Hatzi held hands and shared a kiss for the cameras as they arrived at the All England Club this morning ahead of his quarterfinal match
It was revealed yesterday that Kyrgios is facing allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, model Chiara Passari (pictured)
Miss Hatzi has remained steadfast in the hours since the allegations against Kyrgios emerged, posting about him on Instagram and now standing by his side at Wimbledon.
Dressed in white jeans and an oversized blue shirt, she looked relaxed today as she joined her boyfriend on a practice court. The pair put on a typically tactile display and shared a kiss next to the net.
Yesterday Miss Hatzi reposted a clip from Kyrgios’ account, shows her posing in the mirror with Kyrgios’ sister Halimah.
Costeen, dressed in black trousers, white shirt and Christian Dior bag, appears not to realise her boyfriend was filming, jokingly telling her beau: ‘If you’re doing a video, I’m going to punch you in the face.’
Miss Hatzi, who lives with Kyrgios in the inner-Sydney suburb of Zetland, has been a frequent face at Wimbledon, turning out to support her boyfriend as he continues his campaign.
The couple have been dating since at least December 2021 and Kyrgios is reportedly planning to propose to Miss Hatzi in the near future.
Initial reports stated the charge came after Kyrgios allegedly grabbed Ms Passari in December 2021.
However, ACT Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that the alleged incident was only reported in December. It is said to have occurred months earlier.
Ms Passari, who was allegedly pushed by Kyrgios, commented to say she had nothing to do with the charges only emerging this week as Kyrgios prepared for Wimbledon quarter-final.
A police statement released on Tuesday afternoon read: ‘ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on the 2nd of August in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021.’
Miss Hatzi, dressed in white jeans and an oversized blue shirt, looked relaxed as she joined her boyfriend on a practice court. The pair put on a typically tactile display and shared a kiss next to the net
The couple packed on the PDA as they arrived at SW19, sending the message that they remain unshaken by the allegations
Miss Hatzi has remained steadfast in the hours since the allegations emerged. She is seen joking around with Kyrgios on a practice court today
Kyrgios’s barrister Jason Moffett, from Key Chambers, told The Canberra Times his client was aware of the allegations, which were ‘in the context of a domestic relationship’.
‘The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously.
‘Given the matter is before the court… he doesn’t have a comment at this stage, but in the fullness of time we’ll issue a media release.’
Late on Tuesday night, Kyrgios’ legal team released a statement denying the tennis star had been charged.
‘At the present time, the allegations are not considered as fact by the Court, and Mr Kyrgios is not considered charged with an offence until the First Appearance,’ the statement said.
‘It may be misleading to the public to describe the Summons in any other manner than a formal direction to appear to face allegations, the precise nature of which is neither certain at this moment nor confirmed by either the Prosecution or Mr Kyrgios.’
Kyrgios is viewed by his supporters as a loveable rogue and by critics as a tyrant on the court.
The couple were watched by crowds of onlookers as they played together on a practice court at Aorangi Park
Kyrgios is viewed by his supporters as a loveable rogue and by critics as a tyrant on the court
His behaviour has already been the subject of controversy at Wimbledon, notably in his matches against Britain’s Paul Jubb and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
During his match against Jubb, the player appeared to spit in the direction of a spectator and shout abuse at line judges.
Tsitsipas described him as a bully with an evil side, which Kyrgios denied.
Kyrgios was fined $10,000 after his first-round match for spitting towards a fan, was warned for swearing on Saturday and then called for Tsitsipas to be defaulted after the Greek hit a ball close to a spectator’s head after losing the second set.
Both players received fines on Sunday.
Kyrgios’ family, who have welcomed Miss Hatzi with open arms, remain steadfast in their support in the wake of the allegations, with his brother writing on Instagram: ‘Haters and liars will always try bring us down – we keep it 100 and push forward.
Christos, who is a regular in the players’ box when his brother plays, made the comment on an Instagram post from Kyrgios, where he urged his 2.3 million followers to ‘believe in themselves’.
‘This is why I play. To all my youngsters out there, believe in yourself,’ he wrote, alongside a photo captured of an adoring young fan at Wimbledon.
Miss Hatzi left a series of emojis in the comment section which Kyrgios responded to with a single love heart.
Costeen Hatzi, 22, a psychology student who has travelled to London to support her beau, showed her support by reposting one of Kyrgios’ Instagram videos in the hours after news of the court summons emerged. Above, Costeen in the original Instagram video
Psychology student Costeen, pictured, just celebrated her 22nd birthday and the pair have moved into an apartment in the inner-Sydney suburb of Zetland