Nick Kyrgios press conference cut off after journalist's question

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Nick Kyrgios (pictured) answers a reporters question in his post-match Wimbledon press conference.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) remained calm during his post-match Wimbledon press conference when peppered by a reporter with questions surrounding his court date in Canberra. (Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios remained calm during his post-match press conference after advancing to Wimbledon's semi-final, but one reporter was cut off after pressing him on the latest drama surrounding his court date in Canberra.

On Tuesday, news broke that had been summonsed to face a Canberra court over an assault allegation.

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The 27-year-old is potentially facing a common assault charge amid reports he grabbed his former girlfriend Chiara Passari last year.

However, Kyrgios put aside the drama and put on a masterful performance to defeat unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the quarter-final to set up a showdown with Rafa Nadal.

And while Kyrgios let his racquet do the talking on Court One, post-match the Aussie bit his tongue.

"Obviously, I have a lot of thoughts, a lot of things I want to say, kind of my side about it," Kyrgios said after overcoming his off-court concerns to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time on Wednesday.

"Obviously, I've been advised by my lawyers that I'm unable to say anything at this time.

"Look, I understand everyone wants to kind of ask about it and all that, but I can't give you too much on that right now."

However, this frustrated at least one London tabloid reporter at Wimbledon.

Nick Kyrgios (pictured) thanks the crowd following his victory against Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon quarter-final.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) acknowledges the fans following his victory against Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon quarter-final. (Getty Images)

Asked about the timing of the summons - during Wimbledon - and if he would attend court as ordered, Kyrgios said: "Look, I understand you want me to give you the answers. I can't. I can't speak anymore on the issue."

He also declined to answer whether or not he knew about the court date before his quarter-final - and maybe even before Wimbledon started last week.

"Do you want me to sound like a broken record?" Kyrgios said when he was pressed on the issue.

"I'd like an answer, if you can," the reporter responded.

"I can't," Kyrgios replied.

This prompted the Wimbledon moderator to cut off the conference and make a request.

"I think he's explained, sorry, that he can't answer anything on that," the moderator was heard saying.

Rafa Nadal's worrying admission ahead of Kyrgios showdown

Kyrgios' victory set up a showdown with 22-time grand slam Nadal in the semi-final.

However, Nadal battled through his match against American Taylor Fritz after confessing his family were willing him to retire due to an abdomen injury.

When asked if he'd be fit to play against Kyrgios, the Australian and French Open champion shrugged: "I don't know.

"Honestly, I can't give you a clear answer because if, tomorrow, another thing happens, I will be a liar.

"It's the player decision, but at the same time I need to know different opinions and need to check everything the proper way, no?

"Something more important than winning Wimbledon, that is the health. Let's see how this is going."

Nadal's energy was in stark contrast to Kyrgios, who claimed he was playing the best tennis of his career.

"Honestly, at the start of the year, I didn't even know if I wanted to really play like a proper schedule at all. I don't really play a proper schedule now," he added.

"I obviously had thoughts the last year, year and a half, whether I wanted to play anymore. Lost the love, lost the fire, lost the spark.

"Then some things just changed in my life. I don't know. I kind of just rediscovered that I've got a lot of people that want me to play, that I play for.

"I've got a lot left in the tank. I feel like I'm probably playing some of my best tennis, mentally feeling great.

"It's been a long road. I think it was a seven, eight-year gap to make a quarter-final here from my first one. It's been a heck of a ride."

with AAP

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