“Grass Has Got the Unpredictable Factor”: Nick Kyrgios Reacts to Serena Williams’ Retirement at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/30/2021, 2:17 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Ever since tennis resumed after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has participated in just a couple of tournaments before heading up to Wimbledon. The Aussie ruled out traveling as an option amidst a global pandemic and decided to stay at home.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Nick Kyrgios won a thrilling contest against Ugo Humbert at Wimbledon

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When Kyrgios drew the reigning Halle Open champion Ugo Humbert as his first-round opponent at SW19, a crackling contest was on cards. Staying true to the expectations, the duo delivered an intriguing matchup with the Australian edging past Humbert in five sets.

Despite not playing much tennis over the past one and a half year, Nick Kyrgios didn’t show any fatigue on-court, especially during baseline rallies. Although, the Frenchman and himself didn’t engage in too many baseline exchanges as the flaunted off winners from both the wings.

Even though the match started on Tuesday at Court-1, it was suspended as the clock struck 11pm. The duo continued the encounter today on the same court and with an even bigger crowd. In the end, Kyrgios ensured that the crowd was thoroughly entertained as he defeated Ugo Humbert 6-4,4-6,3-6,6-1,9-7.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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It was responsible tennis from the Aussie star as he reached the second round at Wimbledon, and will now face the Brazilian player Gianluca Mager.

In the post-match interview, Kyrgios talked about the nasty fall he had in the fifth set when the scores were level at 6-6.

“It’s happened to me before” – Kyrgios on his devastating slip at Wimbledon

You kind of always expect the grass to bring out these moments where you get wrong-footed. It’s happened to me before. I actually slipped at Queen’s once”, explained the Australian.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Kyrgios also added that he would have finished the match anyway even if he was in pain.

I haven’t been playing many tournaments. I’m here. No matter if it was something bad, I was always going to get up and play. With one leg, I was going to finish the match” 

The Australian player also talked about the brutal falls on-court by Adrian Mannarino and Serena Williams yesterday. Both the players had to retire from their respective matches on center court.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

“Devastating to see some big names go out” – Kyrgios on Serena Williams’ retirement

Obviously it’s devastating to see some big names go out due to an injury like slipping on the court. Mannarino was putting on a great match against Federer. Obviously seeing Serena, the legend, go down, it’s not easy. I’m very lucky it wasn’t nothing too severe”, continued Nick.

In conclusion, the Aussie explained the difficult nature of grass courts and admitted that playing there would always involve risks.

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The grass has got that unpredictable factor where it’s tough. There’s no guarantee that any time you go out there you could be injured. It’s tough to say because obviously Serena, she’s like the GOAT. It’s tough to say it is what is. Unfortunately, it’s like the grass. It’s tough”. 

Despite having little success on tour, Nick Kyrgios has become one of the most bankable starts in the ATP locker-room. It’s obvious that he has loads of talent which he flaunts during every match. However, his intention to just entertain the crowds alone brings down the value he bring to modern tennis.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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