Nick Kyrgios Refuses To Back Down In Confrontation With Reporter Over Breaking Rules At Wimbledon
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Whether it's on the court or off, Nick Kyrgios is nothing if not box office and he's been at it again. Have a look at his latest tete-a-tete with a reporter:
The Australian star made it through to his first major quarter-final in seven years yesterday (5 July).
Kyrgios managed to nick a five set victory against the rising US star Brandon Nakashima, beating him 6-4, 4-6, 6-7, 6-3, 2-6 on Wimbledon's centre court.
However, while many were impressed with his performance, it was his clothing that had people talking.
The 27-year-old has taken to wearing a pair of bright red Air Jordans and a red baseball cap to and from the court - which goes against the tournament's rules.
Famously, Wimbledon requires all players to wear all white clothing when on the court.
And when he was asked about this during the post-match press conference, Kyrgios didn't seem too fussed by the rules at all, saying he 'does what he wants'.
Broaching the subject with the player, a reporter from the Daily Express read the rules back to him.
He said: "We all know the Wimbledon dress code rules are very strict; 'competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white, and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround'.
"Why then would you walk on to centre court with bright red trainers on and do an interview in a red cap?"
Not missing a beat, Kyrgios replied "Because I do what I want."
Usually, you might expect that to be that, but the journalist wasn't happy with the response, asking: "So you're above the rules?"
"No," replied the world number 40. "I'm not above the rules. I just like wearing my Jordans."
However, the report continued to push the point, informing him that the officials would be speaking to him about his kit.
The journalist went on: "So everyone else in both draws follows the rules but Nick Kyrgios doesn't?"
"Nick has just moaned about the controversy that surrounds him... you've laughed it off? So that's all part of it, isn't it?"
"I haven't moaned. I love it," Kyrgios said.
"Yeah, it's just more attention for me. What's that saying? Any publicity is good publicity, right?"
"If you say so," replied the journalist.
Kyrgios obviously had to have the last word, though, adding: "Keep doing you then, champion."
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