Emma Raducanu appeared to offer her support to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios after the Australian reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon.
Kyrgios beat Cristian Garin in straight sets to reach the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
The Australian has been at the centre of controversy throughout the past fortnight and the teenager’s post has created a polarising reaction online.
What has Kyrgios done?
While this has been Kyrgios’ best ever showing in a major, his performances have been largely overshadowed by his behaviour.
The 27-year-old has received multiple fines for offences that include the use of inappropriate language and spitting at a member of the crowd.
Further to this, after his fourth-round win against Brandon Nakashima, Kyrgios breached the All England Club’s all-white clothing rules by wearing red trainers and a red cap.
Outside of tennis, Kyrgios has also been summoned to court in Canberra, Australia, for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend last year.
Raducanu tweets support
Raducanu was knocked out of this year’s Wimbledon in the second round, but it seems the Brit has still found time to watch the competition after her exit.
After Kyrgios defeated Garin, the 19-year-old took to Twitter and wrote the Australian’s initials “NK”, alongside a wizard’s wand emoji.
In the past, Kyrgios has jumped to the defence of Raducanu and recently criticised Daniela Hantuchova after she suggested players had lost respect for the US Open champion.
“What’s with old retired players giving their opinion on our stars now?” he said
“I read an article about a past female player talking about Radacanu. No offence but she is a far far bigger name already.”
NK🪄— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) July 6, 2022
Fans split on Raducanu’s post
Raducanu’s post has so far accumulated more than 2000 likes but not all fans were happy with her tweet.
One shared the Canberra Times’ breaking news story regarding Kyrgios’ pending court case and simply wrote: “No Emma.”
Meanwhile, another said: “Been a fan of yours Emma but this is really poor judgment. Good luck to your game but with this, I’m not so sure where your values lie. Character counts, on court and in real life. Hope you understand your influence and use it wisely.”
A third echoed this and stressed: “It’s not too late to delete this tweet.”
Kyrgios faces 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday.
The Australian famously beat the Spaniard back in 2014 and this match promises to be a thrilling encounter.