Nick Kyrgios, the terrible son of Australian tennis, finally intelligent?

An idea of ​​”measurement” that characterizes him, Nick Kyrgios trumpeted anyone who wants to hear him: “It will probably be the most watched game of all time. A On the eve of his first Grand Slam semifinal game, the terrifying child of Australian tennis was nervous at the thought of facing Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on Friday 8 July.

Alas, on Thursday evening, the Spaniard came to shower hope on his younger brother. And with the All England Lawn Tennis Club who salivated from the reunion between the two players who opposed almost everything. Defeated by abdominal tears, the world was forced to lose the No. 4 rate: “Although I have been able to continue playing in very complex situations many times in my career, in this particular case, if I continue, the injury will get worse.” He is justified.

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In early June, the 36-year-old Spaniard had already beaten his fourteenth Roland-Garos on one leg – since he had been treated by radiofrequency (which numbed painful nerves). There are limits to heroism: without a belly belt and so without the possibility of serving well, the enterprise was in vain this time, especially against an opponent with a green thumb.

Since he set foot on the London lawn, Nick Kyrgios has spent the best fortnight of his career and has managed to get himself to the final, where he will face Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on Sunday. After the victory over Christian Garin (43) of Chile in the quarter finalse World), on Wednesday, he rarely gave himself up in court, abnormally removed.

Many inside and outside the circuit saw him as a lost genius – from his glorious compatriot to those who saw him, in his words, as one “Exile” – The Australians were not far from proving their correctness: “I never thought I would be in the Grand Slam semifinals, I thought I missed my chance. I didn’t aim for heights early in my career and maybe I wasted some time, ” Admits the player to return to 40e World place – he rose to 13the Rank in 2016.

“I grew up, I feel like an experienced soldier.”

Unusually, it is in this setting of history where no one despises the tradition that Nick Kyrgios, the apostle of disrespect, revealed himself to the general public. In 2014, the 19-year-old dropped out of the Round of 16 … Rafael Nadal, then number one in the world. At this time he won in the fifties of 144e The world was amazed beyond the boundaries of the All England Club.

Because before becoming a player who split the circuit and played “noise breaks”, followed antiques and played “punchlines” on the court and elsewhere, the former world number one junior was, above all, a premature child, full of talent. A lead is served from its 1.93-meter height, a forehand that slams and ensures glasses with a good dose of stupidity, great reinforcement of services with “twiner” (blow in the leg) and spoon among others.

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Since his successful baptism at center court eight years ago, the Australians have had some great moves, showing surplus inspiration at every opportunity to knock off the headliners (he has the best percentage of wins against Nadal-Federer) -Djokovic trio), not knowing the word toughness and consistency .

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old right-hander returned to the sinusoidal trajectory: “If you asked anyone if I was able to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, I think everyone might say: ‘No, he doesn’t have the mental capacity, he doesn’t have the mental capacity. Physical ability, lack of discipline, etc. “, He improved. I went so far in the Grand Slam [quarts à Wimbledon 2014 et Open d’Australie 2015], I haven’t been able to pick things up. But I grew up. People often forget that I have been on the circuit for almost ten years. I bit like an experienced. A

Pub out until dawn

Earlier in the week, he told reporters an anecdote that summarized the character alone: “There was a time when I had to be pulled from a pub at 4am to play the second round of Wimbledon against Nadal. [en 2019, défaite contre l’Espagnol en quatre sets]. I’ve come a long way, that’s for sure … “

He then proceeded to make a lengthy introspection at a press conference after his quarter-finals, abandoning the once arrogant tune: “There was a time when I almost finished playing, Nick remembers Kyrgios, who revealed on Instagram earlier this year that he had self-destructive and suicidal thoughts at the 2019 Australian Open. I lost my love for the game at the beginning of the year, I lost the spark. Then some things in my life changed. I think I’m playing my best tennis and feeling good about myself. I feel good, I feel calm, I feel mature. The road is long. A

Goodbye “Kirgiosarias”? Not so fast … As soon as he ran on the lawn of London, the Australian public whistled, spat at the spectators, then made a joke in a screaming match with the Greek Stefanos Sitcipas in the third round. The referee, penalty points, throws the ball into the crowd and requests disqualification. In less than a week, the man was fined ,000 14,000 (13,700 euros).

And regardless of the outcome of this fortnight, his suffering is likely to continue: he was summoned to appear in court in Canberra in early August on charges of assault by his ex-girlfriend.

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