- “You were at the pub last night!”
- Those were the words of Nick Kyrgios, who busted a journalist who was among friends, fans, and other members of the media said to be at the Dog & Fox pub at the same time as Kyrgios the night before the Australian’s Wimbledon loss to Rafael Nadal.
- The reported late night failed to fully put Kyrgios off his game, as he gave a good account of himself in his second-round loss.
- In the postmatch press conference, however, he clapped back at a reporter who asked whether he would have played better had he not been at the pub the night before.
- Shortly after, he recognised a different journalist from the Dog & Fox, saying, “This is awkward.”
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Having just lost to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on Thursday after spending the night at a nearby pub, Nick Kyrgios called out a reporter for being at the pub too.
Kyrgios has been the subject of countless headlines during his short stint at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships this week.
The 24-year-old met a fellow Australian, Jordan Thompson, in the first round on Tuesday, taking three hours and 26 minutes to win a match he arguably could have triumphed in far earlier had he not hit insisted on hitting pointless tweeners into the net.
Then on Wednesday night he was seen holding court with friends, fans, and reporters at the Dog & Fox pub, less than a mile away from the All England Club, even though he had a blockbuster bout scheduled against his singles rival Rafael Nadal the following day. One journalist said he was “chatting to girls, drinking.”
Regardless of those off-court exploits, he remained competitive against Nadal, frustrating the Spaniard with underarm serving and powerful winners and even taking aim at the veteran player’s chest with one 100-mph return.
Nadal won what turned out to be a confusing, wild, but brilliant second-round match on Centre Court, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3). Kyrgios shook Nadal’s hand then headed into a postmatch press conference where he continued to entertain.
There he clapped back at a reporter who asked whether he would have performed better had he not been out drinking the night before – and then spotted someone he recognised.
A smiling Kyrgios said “You were at the pub last night!” pointing at Lucia Hoffman, a freelance writer for Inside Tennis magazine, who replied by saying “Oh yes, I know,” much to the delight of the room. Hoffman then joked, “You are ruining my reputation!”
Kyrgios wagged while the room was filled with laughter. He said, “OK, OK, that’s hilarious,” while smiling. Then, when Hoffman was ready to ask her question, he suddenly looked shy and said, “This is awkward.”
Hoffman finally asked: “You serve and volley really well and it’s really hard to do against Rafa, how did you feel about it?”
Kyrgios, who had mercilessly trolled the “salty” Nadal in recent months, gave his opponent his dues. “He’s just a tough player to serve against,” Kyrgios said. “Where he stands is difficult because he almost wants you to go wide. He stands so far behind the baseline and makes a lot of returns.”
Nadal, having beaten Kyrgios, advanced into the third round of the men’s singles bracket and is scheduled to face the French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Saturday.
Kyrgios, meanwhile, is set to return to the grass courts Friday with the American Desirae Krawczyk for a mixed-doubles bout against Marcus Daniell and Jennifer Brady.