Kyrgios confident to pull stunts in Wimbledon
by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja
World No.45 Australian Nick Kyrgios is confident to beat anyone that comes across his way in Wimbledon.
Kyrgios having gained prominence in tennis after he defeated world No.1 Rafael Nadal on his way up to the quarter-final of Wimbledon in 2014, claims he is going to play the villain role in this year’s All England Club event.
Although the Aussie has never risen above the 4th round in any Grand Slam event, he believes he opposes the clout to dislodge his opponent through his under-arm serves while playing confidently.
Kyrgios skipped this year’s clay-court tourneys and featured lastly in Mallorca where he developed abdominal pains to hand Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut a walkover in the round of 16.
However, with a return to the Grass Court where he is to play British Paul Judd on Tuesday, Kyrgios noted he will be playing against a player who has huge support from the home crowd.
“I’m just happy where my level’s at. I’ve played top-10 players in the world this year and made them look pretty ordinary,” Kyrgios said according to the Mirror.
“I know if I’m feeling confident, I’m playing well, I’m able to just light it up kind of whenever I want. I just know if I’m serving well and I’m playing well, I can beat anyone. I have pretty much-beaten everyone in the draw before,” he added.
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He continued: “I know I just got to ride the waves emotionally out there because the crowd is obviously going to be behind the local,” the Aussie, who got the same support in the doubles of the Australian Open, said this to shrugged off the influence of the spectators for Judd.
“I’m used to wearing that kind of black hat, the villain-type role. I’m going to embrace it. I think pretty much wherever I play, the crowd knows I’m going to try and bring a lot of energy, bring a lot of flair and entertainment. I think that’s just something I come with now,” Kyrgios added.
The Trumpet reports that the Aussie, who won the 2022 Australian Open with the support of the home crowd to win the trophy, will have to play against such an advantage against a wildcard Judd tomorrow.