Nick Kyrgios calls out unsupportive Aussie tennis legends ahead of Wimbledon final
- The world no. 40 said Lleyton Hewitt has been his only supporter
- Kyrgios was accused of "cheating, manipulation and abuse” by Pat Cash
- The 27-year-old will face Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon 2022 final on Sunday
The 27-year-old’s criticisms come after former Australian Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, 57, charged Kyrgios of "cheating, manipulation and abuse.”
In a press conference on Friday ahead of the final, Kyrgios answered by saying that the Australian legends have not been ‘supportive’ of him and it is challenging for him to read about the comments.
“As for the greats of Australian tennis, they haven’t always been the nicest to me personally,” he said.
“They haven’t always been supportive. They haven’t been supportive these two weeks. So it’s hard for me to kind of read things that they say about me,” the world no. 40 added.
Kyrgios also described himself as an inspiration to people who have been finding it hard to face “negative headlines and clouds.”
The Australian also recognised Lleyton Hewitt, 41, who won the Wimbledon in 2002, has been his only supporter from his country.
“It’s pretty sad because I don’t get any support from any of the other Australian tennis players, the male side. Not the players, but like the past greats,” he quipped.
“It’s weird they just have like a sick obsession with tearing me down for some reason. I just don’t know whether they don’t like me or they’re afraid. I don’t know. I don’t know what it is. But it sucks,” Kyrgios went on saying.
In a recent report, it was revealed that Kyrgios is set to face an Australian court after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
Kyrgios had an eventful campaign at the Wimbledon 2022. He was set to face Rafael Nadal in the semifinal on Friday. However, Nadal picked up an abdominal injury in the quarterfinal and decided to withdraw from the tournament, which resulted in Kyrgios receiving a walkover to the final.
Nick Kyrgios will face off against Serbian star Novak Djokovic in the final on Friday.