Nick Kyrgios fumes over question in Wimbledon press conference
Nick Kyrgios has hit back at a reporter's suggestion he lacked mental toughness in his loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.
Djokovic recovered from a set down to defeat the gallant Australian 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) on Sunday to claim a seventh title at the All England Club and 21st grand slam overall.
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Kyrgios shocked the former World No.1 when he claimed the first set, setting up the possibility of a monumental boilover on centre court.
But the combustible Canberran threatened to unravel when he received a code violation after losing his cool at the chair umpire after claiming to have been distracted by a female spectator talking between his serves.
“Distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final,” Kyrgios said to the umpire.
“There’s not a bigger occasion. You didn’t believe me. And she did it again. It nearly cost me the game.
“Why is she still here? She’s drunk out of her mind in the first row, speaking to me in the middle of a game. What’s acceptable? Nothing is acceptable? So kick her out!
“I know exactly which one it is. It’s the one who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks, bro.”
Asked in his post-match press conference if he needed to improve his composure, Kyrgios took offence.
"I think the other 126 players in the draw could improve their composure," he said.
"But at times out there, obviously I was getting angry a bit because I just looked at it as, (if) you win this tournament, you become the tennis immortal, I feel.
"It was just an opportunity for me that people work their entire life for.
"I put myself in a position to win the first set. Things started to get rocky a bit. He was just solid. Then I win that fourth set and who knows.
"I mean, yeah, I can obviously improve many things in my game, not just composure. My forehand return needs to improve. I've been working on that a lot. Can always get stronger. Can always get fitter.
"I feel like that (question) was a bit of a dig, but I feel like everyone in the draw can improve something."
"She's drunk out of her mind and talking to me in the middle of a game. She's the one who looks like she's had 700 drinks."
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Nick Kyrgios pays tribute to Novak Djokovic
Contesting his maiden grand slam final against one of the greats playing in his record-breaking 32nd, Kyrgios said Djokovic was simply too good in the clutch moments.
"He's just really composed," said the Aussie.
"It's weird, I felt like he didn't do anything amazing today. He returned obviously the way he returns. I feel like he's just a great returner.
"But he was just so composed. That's what I was just thinking to myself. In big moments, it just felt like he was never rattled.
"I feel like that's his greatest strength. He just looks completely within himself the whole time.
"Didn't look like he was playing over-aggressive, even though it felt like he was playing big. Hats off to him."
Despite the gut-wrenching defeat, Kyrgios said he was departing the All England Club feeling like a winner.
"There's just weight off my shoulders," he said.
"I feel like there's so much weight on my shoulders all the time when I step out on the tennis court. Now it's just released and I feel amazing.
"This is the best I've felt the two weeks. I was obviously super excited to be here and I had some high hopes, but I've never felt, to be honest, good.
"I just felt so much pressure. There's so much, like, anxiety, pressure to do things or achieve things. If I don't do well, like it's just so much.
"So I feel unbelievable. Like I'm two beers deep."
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