Australian defector Nick Kyrgios spoke on Wimbledon’s famous pitch green on Tuesday during the first round of a late-night rollercoaster against France’s Ugo Humbert.
Kyrgios and Humbert were moved to Court One under the roof after rain was delayed but the match was not over after the 11pm Wimbledon curfew came into effect.
He robbed the crowd of an epilogue to a grueling contest in which Kyrgios started well, then came off a boil, before bouncing back hard. When play was suspended, the score was 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 3-3.
Given the lack of play Kyrgios has played in the past 18 months due to the pandemic, he has done some amazing tennis, but he couldn’t hide his frustration with the grass he thinks is playing too slowly.
“For those of you at home now, this should be quick. It’s a lawn tennis court,” Kyrgios said, addressing the on-court camera as he changed venue. “It’s slow. It’s slow.”
“They made it slow. It’s no longer a territory, it’s a joke.”
It didn’t stop him from hitting four consecutive aces when he came back in the fourth set.
Just as the match was reaching its climax, time summoned the boos from the crowd.