Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios interview goes viral as he shuts down reporter unhappy with red clothing

  • Rob Swan
Nick Kyrgios interview goes viral as he shuts down reporter unhappy with his Wimbledon clothing

Nick Kyrgios has gone viral on social media after shutting down a reporter who reminded him about Wimbledon’s strict dress code.

The Australian walked onto Centre Court wring red trainers and a red cap before defeating Brandon Nakashima in five sets.

Kyrgios then changed into the same clothes and now risks being fined for a third time this tournament for breaching rules which state white must be worn ‘from the point at which the player enters the court surround’.

The world No. 40, however, was no mood for one reporter’s lecture, saying: “I do what I want.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Nick Kyrgios of Australia waves to the crowd after winning against Brandon Nakashima of United States of America during their Men’s Singles Fourth Round match on day eight of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios interview goes viral

Here’s the interview transcript, per BBC Sport’s video, in full:

Reporter: “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 onto Centre Court with bright red trainers on and do an interview in a red cap?”

Kyrgios: “Because I do what I want.”

Reporter: “So you’re above the rules?”

Kyrgios: “No. I’m not above the rules.”

Reporter: “So, what is it? They don’t apply to you?”

Kyrgios: “Well I just like wearing my Jordans.”

Reporter: “But there are rules specifically against that. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the referees are going to be speaking to you about it afterwards.”

Kyrgios: “That’s OK. I wear some Triple Whites tomorrow.”

Reporter: “That’s fine then. So everyone else in both draws follows the rules but Nick Kyrgios doesn’t?”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Nick Kyrgios of Australia talks to the media during a press conference after winning against Brandon Nakashima of United States of America during their Men’s Singles Fourth Round match on day eight of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Joe Toth – Pool/Getty Images)

Kyrgios: “But nobody else, even after Wimbledon, no-one else really walks with Jordans on the court.”

Reporter: “But, sorry, Nick has just moaned about the controversy that surrounds him…”

Kyrgios: “I haven’t moaned. I love it.”

Reporter: “But you’ve laughed it off. So, that’s all part of it you reckon?”

Kyrgios: “Well yeah, it’s more attention for me. What’s that saying? Any publicity is good publicity. Right?”

Reporter: “If you say so.”

Kyrgios: “Keep doing you then champion.”

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Watch Kyrgios’s defiant interview here:

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Kyrgios will now take on Cristian Garin aiming to secure a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals, although a shoulder problem could jeopardise his chances of going further in the tournament.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates a point against Brandon Nakashima of United States of America during their Men’s Singles Fourth Round match on day eight of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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