Umpire Blow-Ups In Typically Outlandish Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon Win
It had a bit of everything. You knew it would.
Nick Kyrgios beat Jordan Thompson in the battle of the two Aussies in the first round at Wimbledon. The 24-year-old Canberran took five sets to get the better of the 25-year-old Sydneysider, winning 7-6 6-3 7-6 0-6 6-1.
On rankings, there was virtually nothing between Kyrgios, who is currently ranked 43, and Thompson, who is currently ranked 44. But Thompson -- who made a surprise third-round appearance at last month's French Open -- has never won a professional tournament, while Kyrgios has won five.
So you expected Kyrgios to win this match pretty comfortably. But nothing is ever simple with him, and as you can see from the score, he did his best to throw the match away in the fourth set, before recovering in the fifth to progress to the second round.
The pivotal set in this match was the third, in which pretty much everything that could happen on a tennis court happened. Tweeners, underarm serves, a tense tiebreaker that Kyrgios won 12-10 and some umpire abuse from both players. Thompson accused the ump of “having a shocker” at one point.
Kyrgios, of course, had his mouthy moments too. There was the usual ump abuse, as well as the standard crowd interaction. At one stage, early in the match, he said to a woman in the crowd: “Can you stop being so loud, please?”
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He later could be heard saying “Honestly, that chick is so loud”.
But the most theatrical moment was for once a good-natured incident, in which Kyrgios mimicked a lovely left-handed defensive cricket shot which earned the full approval of international cricket’s governing body, the ICC.
How Kyrgios went on to lose the fourth set so badly, then win the fifth so comfortably is best explained by two words: Nick Kyrgios. If you’ve kept even half an eye on his career over the years, you’ll know exactly what we mean.
This win sets up a second-round meeting with Spanish champ Rafael Nadal, with whom Kyrgios has a testy relationship, to say the least.
The match should be spicier than a Chorizo sausage.