Nick Kyrgios has hit out at one of Wimbledon’s unique rules ahead of the prestigious tournament’s opening round on Monday night (AEST).
The 27-year-old, who’s a former quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, is expecting big things from Australia’s contingent of stars over the next two weeks at the All England Club.
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However he’s far from excited for his doubles tilt alongside good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis, despite the pair having enjoyed a thrilling campaign together along the way to winning the Australian Open doubles title this January.
That’s because of the fact Wimbledon is the only major to host best-of-five set doubles, rather than the usual best-of-three sets.
Kyrgios went as far as saying it was the “stupidest thing ever” and it would only detract from his singles campaign.
“To be honest, I’m not really looking forward to playing best-of-five sets doubles,” Kyrgios said at his introductory press conference.
“I think it’s the stupidest thing ever, to be brutally honest.
“I don’t know why it’s best-of-five sets.
“No one wants to play best-of-five sets doubles, no one wants to watch best-of-five sets doubles.
“I’m excited, but I’m also dreading the fact that if it’s one-set all I’m going to have to be playing three more sets of doubles.
“That’s why I haven’t played it before, it doesn’t make sense because I’ve always gone pretty well here in singles.
“I’m not going to, on my off day [from singles], play potentially five sets of doubles.”
It wasn’t the only thing that was irking the Aussie firebrand either, with Kyrgios also taking aim at Wimbledon’s strict all-white dress code before his opening round match against British wildcard Paul Jubb.
Kyrgios said he would rather wear all black when competing at Wimbledon, with the Australian saying the Championships were out of tune with what looks “cool” on court.
The grass court major is famous for its strict dress code and does not even allow players to wear off-white or cream, while the measuring tape comes out to ensure the trim of colour on necklines or sleeves are no wider than a centimetre.
“I always want to wear all black, obviously,” Kyrgios said.
“But I don’t think it’s something that’s going to change, I don’t know.
“I think it would be cool to allow, like, a black headband or black sweatband. I think it would look cool. Obviously Wimbledon doesn’t really care what looks cool … I don’t think it will ever change.”
But the prestige associated with Wimbledon was still enough to lure Kyrgios to compete, despite the lack of ranking points this year due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian players.
The decision essentially reduced Wimbledon to an exhibition event but the major’s organisers are also dishing out record prize money to the tune of 40.3 million pounds ($A71 million).
Kyrgios, who said he did not agree with the ban as the sport’s No.1 ranked Daniil Medvedev would not be playing, added that he did not pick tournaments based on the ranking points on offer.
“As a kid, when I watched Wimbledon, when I wanted to play it, I wasn’t thinking about ranking points. I was thinking about playing in the most prestigious tournament in the world. That’s all I’m here for,” he said.
“There’s people that are [saying] ‘I’m not going to play Wimbledon because of ranking points. I’m going to go play a challenger that week’.
“When I’m sitting with my kids in the future, I’m not going to be proud to say I played a challenger instead of Wimbledon. I will choose to play Wimbledon every day of the week.”
AUSSIES IN ACTION AT WIMBLEDON ON MONDAY (PREFIX DENOTES SEEDING):
Women’s singles, first round
Zoe Hives v 5-Maria Sakkari (GRE)
Daria Saville v Viktoriya Tomova (BUL)
Astra Sharma v Tatjana Maria (GER)
Maddison Inglis v Dalma Galfi (HUN)
Men’s singles, first round
Thanasi Kokkinakis v Kamil Majchrzak (POL)
John Millman v Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
James Duckworth v Andy Murray (GBR)
Max Purcell v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
– With Reuters