“I Thought I Was Professional”: Nick Kyrgios Amused After Mishap Before Felix Auger-Aliassime Clash at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/03/2021, 10:50 AM EDT
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


Nick Kyrgios has been in a cheerful mood at the current Wimbledon Championships 2021. He has successfully reached the third round and is playing Felix Auger Aliassime. However, upon reaching the No.1 Court, Kyrgios realized he had left his tennis shoes in the locker room. And it was hilarious as Kyrgios talked to himself while Felix looked on.

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While talking to himself, Kyrgios was amused. And while waiting for his shoes to arrive Kyrgios said: “The one day I thought I was professional. Got my racquet, got all my clothes, walking out here so confidently, then bang! Left my shoes in the locker room.” Kyrgios’ actions caught many laughing while Felix waited for the proceedings to begin.

Nick Kyrgios reacts during his first-round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Paul Childs

This hasn’t been the first time Kyrgios has forgotten his shoes. The Australian had forgotten his shoes while playing Cincinnati Masters in 2018. There his match was against Denis Kudla and he was laughing at himself at that time as well.

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Nick Kyrgios is at Wimbledon Championships to entertain

Kyrgios is surely living up to his own entertainment standards. The Australian loves coming to Wimbledon and has confessed that he is there to entertain. He doesn’t want to become like Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic. He is happy to be funny and a fan favorite.

“I’m okay with just enjoying myself, putting on a show. You have to have some people, I believe, that are relatable, that people can bring other fans to watch, like people that are just normal. I feel like I’m one of those people. I’m quite lighthearted. Yeah, they know it’s a bit of a show. They just want entertainment at the end of the day,”

Kyrgios’ opponent also sides with the fact that Kyrgios is an entertainer. But the Canadian is not taking anything for granted. He knows Kyrgios is a huge threat on grass and is in strong form.

“Nick is a great player, a great entertainer. I think he’s good for tennis. He seems focused and playing well the last few matches. He has everything that a player needs to play well, especially on grass, he serves amazing.”
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Early on in the match, Kyrgios has looked more potent against Felix. He has taken a huge lead in the first set and has continued well from his previous matches. The Australian is now commanding a huge crowd base at this year’s Wimbledon.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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