Tennis fans rage over Nick Kyrgios and Rafa Nadal news at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios and Rafa Nadal, pictured here in action at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios has been snubbed from centre court in favour of Rafa Nadal. Image: Getty

As well as the decision to relegate home hopeful Katie Boulter to Court 2, Wimbledon organisers have also sparked uproar after scheduling Nick Kyrgios' blockbuster clash with Stefanos Tsistipas on Court 1.

The schedule for Saturday's play at Wimbledon has proved highly controversial, with organisers copping a pasting on social media.

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Coco Gauff will open proceedings on centre court on Saturday against compatriot Amanda Anisimova, followed by former champion Petra Kvitova against World No.4 Paula Badosa.

Rafa Nadal will then close out the action on centre court against Italian outsider Lorenzo Sonego.

On Court 1, Alex de Minaur and Liam Broady will kick things off, followed by World No.1 Iga Swiatek against Alize Cornet before the Kyrgios and Tsitsipas blockbuster.

That means British golden girl Katie Boulter will be shunted out to Court 2 for her clash with Serena Williams' conqueror Harmony Tan.

While fans were furious over the snub for Boulter, many also couldn't believe that Kyrgios and Tsitsipas isn't on centre court.

Tsitsipas is the World No.5 and Kyrgios is one of the main attractions at Wimbledon, however organisers decided to put Nadal and Sonego on centre court instead.

Nick Kyrgios, pictured here arriving at the practice courts at Wimbledon with this entourage.
Nick Kyrgios arrives at the practice courts at Wimbledon with this entourage. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images) (Steven Paston - PA Images via Getty Images)

While Nadal is the World No.4 and a 22-time grand slam champion, many believe the Kyrgios-Tsitsipas clash is more fitting for centre court billing.

Leading tennis writer Jose Morgado tweeted: "It has to be a joke that Tsitsipas-Kyrgios isn’t a Centre Court match at Wimbledon. My god."

Stuart Fraser of The Times wrote: "Disbelief here at tomorrow's schedule. Wonder if the previous behaviour of Kyrgios had an impact on this particular choice..."

Kyrgios copped a $10,000 fine on Thursday after admitting he spat in the direction of a fan who had been heckling him during his first-round match.

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Tsitsipas is leaning on Mark Philippoussis as the Greek ace plots to end Kyrgios' rollercoaster Wimbledon campaign in a third-round show-stopper.

After taking serving tips from Australia's former Wimbledon finalist at Melbourne Park in January, Tsitsipas has invited Philippoussis back into his inner sanctum ahead of Saturday's big-hitting showdown at the All England Club.

It took the great Roger Federer in his maiden grand slam final in 2003 to stop Philippoussis from serving his way to glory on London's hallowed grass courts.

Now, Team Tsitsipas is only too happy to tap into the experience of the man who was known as 'the Scud' in honour of his missile serves, as they seek to tame another Australian who can belt them down, with 54 aces to Kyrgios's name so far in just two matches.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, pictured here in action against Jordan Thompson at Wimbledon.
Stefanos Tsitsipas in action against Jordan Thompson at Wimbledon. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

"Mark is someone that I know since a long time now. We've been collaborating in the past a little bit. He's a good friend of ours. We also speak the same language," Tsitsipas said on Friday.

"There's good connection with him, which matters a lot. Not only on the tennis court, but I think he has good values as a person. Obviously, we respect him a lot.

"We also like being around him as a family, the Tsitsipas family. He has been a very good friend. We've been seeing him in other grand slams, too.

"He happened to be at Wimbledon. My dad offered him to be next to us. That's how it's going so far. Nothing more. Nothing less."

With three defeats from as many meetings with Kyrgios, including a brilliant three-setter at Halle a fortnight ago, Tsitsipas will take all the help he can get.

"Nick has more matches on me in these courts. He claims to like grass. I think his game is good for the grass," said Tsitsipas.

"I am definitely thrilled to be facing him. I respect him a lot, on the court, what he's trying to do. Although he has been a little controversial in the past, I think he's playing good tennis.

"I'm going to try and concentrate on doing my thing and pay attention to my own game from start to finish. Hopefully I can stay there and do something great, have a great competitive match against him."

with AAP

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