Prickly Nick Kyrgios slams EVERY OTHER player at Wimbledon in post-match presser – before making a stunning admission about how he would’ve reacted if he’d won
- Kyrgios was asked if he needs to improve his composure after outbursts in final
- He hit back with a typically in-your-face answer after loss to Novak Djokovic
- Aussie also admitted winning Wimbledon would not have helped his game
Nick Kyrgios lived up to his reputation as an unpredictable controversy magnet with a series of outbursts during his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic – but according to the Aussie, every other player in the draw needs to work on their behaviour.
The 27-year-old copped a code violation for arguing with the umpire as he tried to get a woman he claimed had ‘700 drinks’ chucked out of centre court for distracting him, and repeatedly yelled at his support crew – including his sister and girlfriend Costeen Hatzi – during his four-set defeat.
He then topped off a wild fortnight at Wimbledon by breaking the tournament’s strict all-white dress code for the second time in a week as he wore a red baseball cap to receive his trophy from Kate Middleton.
But when he was asked if he needed to improve his composure after the match, Kyrgios came out swinging.
Kyrgios – pictured telling the umpire to eject a woman who had ‘700 drinks’ during the men’s final – hit back hard when he was asked if he needs to improve his composure
He was heavily criticised for several outbursts during the men’s final – and for breaking Wimbledon’s all-white dress code by wearing a red cap to meet Kate Middleton (pictured)
‘I think the other 126 players in the draw could improve their composure,’ he shot back.
‘At times out there, obviously I was getting angry a bit because I just looked at it as, you win this tournament, you become the tennis immortal.
‘I feel that question was a bit of a dig, but I feel like everyone in the draw can improve something.’
He went on to make the stunning admission that he may have actually lost the desire to play on if he’d defeated Djokovic to win the world’s most famous tennis tournament.
‘I feel like if I had won today, I would have struggled with motivation,’ Kyrgios said.
‘I’ve been told my entire life winning Wimbledon is the ultimate achievement.
‘For someone like me – I’m not like a young guy like (Jannik) Sinner or someone or Carlos Alcaraz, who have come on tour recently and gone deep in slams – I feel like if I had won that grand slam, I would have lacked a bit of motivation, to be honest.
Kyrgios salutes the fans with a beer after his loss to Novak Djokovic. He made the shocking confession that he would’ve found it hard to get motivated if he’d won the men’s title
The Aussie said he felt like a weight had been lifted from his shoulders after the match: ‘I feel unbelievable, like I’m two beers deep’
‘Coming back for other tournaments, like 250s and stuff, I would have really struggled (if) I kind of achieved the greatest pinnacle of what you can achieve in tennis.’
His first appearance in a grand slam final may have ended in defeat, but Kyrgios said he felt like anything but a loser.
‘I feel like there’s so much weight on my shoulders all the time when I step out on the tennis court. Now it’s just released and I feel amazing,’ he explained.
‘This is the best I’ve felt the two weeks (of the tournament). I was obviously super excited to be here and I had some high hopes, but I’ve never felt, to be honest, this good.
‘I just felt so much pressure. There’s so much, like, anxiety, pressure to do things or achieve things. If I don’t do well, like, it’s just so much.
‘So I feel unbelievable, like I’m two beers deep.’
Sticking to a limited playing schedule, Kyrgios plans on taking a break to recharge for the American hardcourt swing culminating in the US Open starting on August 29.