“He rules the hearts” Paul McNamee believes Nick Kyrgios is a big inspiration for young fans of the game for his ability to battle adversity
Nick Kyrgios and Paul McNamee
Lleyton Hewitt was the last Australian player who had made an advancement into the last 4 of the Wimbledon singles when he made it to the semi-finals of the event in 2005. In Wimbledon 2022, not only has Nick Kyrgios reached that deep into the tournament but now has a lucky shot at unprecedented glory.
With Rafael Nadal opting out owing to a 7mm abdominal tear, this is probably the culmination of all possible hard work and efforts that the 27-year-old has put in behind the scenes. It’s very easy to put all this past him because of the persona that he has. Remember, he’s one of those rare players to have beaten both Rafa and Novak Djokovic, his final hurdle, standing between him and some memorable Grand Slam silverware.
“It’s easy to take cheap shots” Paul McNamee on Nick Kyrgios
That being said, there’s certain respect he’s got in the hearts of all under the 30s worldwide who’s been keeping tabs with the tennis developments and have followed his rise. Have a look at social media and there is a considerable amount of support and faith ushered upon him for everything that he has done so far.
“It’s easy to take cheap shots at Nick Kyrgios, but in the face of his self-admitted demons, & deplorable timing for a court summons to be served on him (why oh why couldn’t it wait until next week?), he rules the hearts of under 30’s worldwide, & a Wimbledon final surely beckons,” tweeted former Australian Pro Paul McNamee.
With Kyrgios in the finals and one win away from his crowning moment, he can certainly hope for support from McNamee, a 3-time Wimbledon champion, twice in doubles and once in mixed doubles. Kyrgios will take on Djokovic in what will be their third professional meeting with Kyrgios leading the head-to-head 2-0 against the Serb.
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