Sensibly, Nick Kyrgios Hit The Pub To Prep For Tonight's Nadal Clash
What, you think this is some sort of joke? You think hitting the pub is no way to prepare for a second-round match at Wimbledon?
Well it's a perfectly fine lead-in to a mega match if you're Nick Kyrgios, and here's the proof.
Firstly, you should know the facts, which are that Kyrgios was spied in local watering hole the Dog & Fox hanging out with some friends, girls, journalists, whoever. This was last night, ahead of his big match tonight against Rafael Nadal.
For many players, that would be a bad sign. For Kyrgios? Not so abnormal.
Back in April, when the 24-year-old Canberran beat several high-ranked players -- including tonight's opponent Rafael Nadal -- on his way to winning the Mexican Open in Acapulco, he spent plenty of time away from the practice courts enjoying himself.
In fact, his preparation for the Mexican Open final against Alexander Zverev consisted of... wait for it... jet skiing.
As you do.
Seriously, Kyrgios actually went jet skiing at 5:30 pm ahead of his evening final. And that's just the beginning of it. Most nights, he was out in bars until as late as 4:30 am.
We've written before about how Kyrgios performs best when he's distracted. It seems to take the pressure off him. Leading American tennis writer Ben Rothenberg said it well after the Mexican Open when he said he played "free, fun and focused".
Speaking of Rothenberg, it was on his podcast earlier this year that Kyrgios called Spanish Rafael Nadal "salty". It was not a compliment.
So now Nadal and Kyrgios face off. The Spaniard has won Wimbledon twice, along with his 12 French Opens, three US Opens, one Australian Open and a partridge in a pear tree.
Kyrgios has never gotten past the quarters of a Slam, though he did famously beat Nadal here at Wimbledon in 2014 when he was an unknown 144th-ranked teenager
Whatever happens, don't blame the beers, which for the record, Kyrgios sank at the Dog & Fox. As you can see on the map below, it's a stone's throw away from the the All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club, as Wimbledon is officially known.
As the Portuguese journalist who first spied him there made clear, he was there just long enough to let off a little steam, but he didn't stay too late.
KYRGIOS vs NADAL. THE STATS
Head to head: 3-all
Weight: they're both 85 kg
Kyrgios lifetime record: won 143, lost 86
Nadal lifetime record: won 951, lost 195
Kyrgios lifetime prizemoney: $7.3 million
Nadal lifetime prizemoney: $109.5 million