Nick Kyrgios leaped into arms of fan after asking advice on crucial match point

The Wimbledon crowd could have a big say in this year's final if Nick Kyrgios' past hijinks are anything to go by.

Australian loudmouth Kyrgios received a bye into Sunday's SW19 showpiece following the withdrawal of semi-final opponent and two-time champion Rafael Nadal through injury. It means the 27-year-old is within touching distance of a first Grand Slam success.

If Kyrgios does manage to go all the way this weekend, he will have done it with a disregard for the conventional rules of tennis in south-west London. And it's not the first time he's done things his own way on court either.

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While serving for the match at the Washington Open in 2019, Kyrgios was picked up by the microphones asking a female spectator where he should place the winning serve.

He asked: "Where do you want me to go with this serve?" He must have liked what he heard from the mystery fan as he served an unstoppable ace to secure a straight-sets victory over Slovak Norbert Gombos.

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Having booked his place in the semi-finals, the Australian ace immediately ran over to the stands and gave a big hug to the woman, who probably got a little more than she bargained for when she purchased her ticket to the event.

Reflecting on the unique moment last year, Kyrgios said: "It’s kind of like the finale. Who’s the lucky fan to tell me where to serve on match point? I feel if it works, it’s a memory they’re going to keep for life."

"Fans for me are the reason why I play. I love to entertain, I feel like it’s all a show," he added. "It’s not just me going out there hitting good forehands, hitting good backhands. It’s about making everyone in that crowd feel as if they’re in the match as well."

Kyrgios went all the way at the Washington Open in 2019, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev en route to victory. He will need to beat Cameron Norrie or Novak Djokovic if he wants to claim a first Grand Slam title this weekend.


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