Every-'tennis'-thing you need to know about Greek Australian Nick Kyrgios

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When is Nick Kyrgios playing next?

Nick Kyrgios is playing against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men's final - his first-ever appearance in the decider of a Grand Slam.

The match will take place at 11:00 pm on Sunday, July 10 (Australian EST). 

Due to Rafael Nadal's abdominal injury, Kyrgios has acquired a walkover win into his first-ever Grand Slam final.

In the quarterfinals, the 27-year-old claimed a straight-set victory over Cristian Garín before beating Brandon Nakashima in a five-setter in the round of 16. 

Kyrgios claimed an impressive four-set win over No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round in a match full of drama.

Earlier to that, he comfortably won his second-round tie against Filip Krajinović, following his tricky opening match against Paul Jubb at the All England Club. 

The Greek Australian tennis star had solid preparations for Wimbledon, reaching semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle, but was forced to pull out of Mallorca with an abdominal issue.

Due to Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from their semi-final clash, Kyrgios has been able to put his feet up since beating  Cristian Garín in the quarter-final.

Is that a good thing? From a fatigue perspective, for sure.

It has meant that there's been no outlet for Kyrgios' nervous energy aside from the practice court, leaving the Aussie alone with his thoughts ahead of the biggest match of his life.

Nick and Novak the Two N's

World number 40 admitted he has a ‘bromance’ with Novak and the pair send each other DMs, with his opponent having sent him a message earlier in the week saying: ‘Hopefully I’ll see you [in the final on] Sunday.’

As well to his skills on the tennis court, Nick Kyrgios has also gained a reputation for being a controversial figure, from arguing decisions to slamming and breaking tennis racquets in frustration.

A bromance between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios was the last thing fans expected coming into Wimbledon, but the two players have buried the hatchet and even decided to go for dinner, with Sunday’s final winner footing the bill.

Kyrgios, who has in the past labelled Djokovic “boneheaded” and a “tool,” defended the Serb when he was detained and then deported ahead of the Australian Open earlier this year due to his COVID-19 vaccination status.

Djokovic is seeking his 21st major and seventh title at Wimbledon while Kyrgios is in his first Grand Slam final.

The pair met each other at practice and had a word before taking the conversation to Instagram for their millions of followers.

Djokovic: “It took you five years to say something nice about me.”

Kyrgios: “But I defended you when it mattered.”

Djokovic: “You did, I appreciate that.”

Kyrgios: “We friends now?”

How much prize money has Nick Kyrgios won?

Having been a tennis pro for nearly a decade now, Kyrgios has accumulated a tidy sum of prize money. 

According to the official ATP website, the Australian has taken home US$9,726,907 in tournament winnings to date. 

That sum includes prize money from both singles and doubles events. 

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Copyright GreekCityTimes 2022