Defiant Nick Kyrgios breaks Wimbledon’s strict dress code AGAIN by wearing a red cap to meet Kate Middleton – before calling new mate Novak Djokovic a ‘god’ as Serbian star confirms their ‘bromance’
- Kyrgios broke the all-white regulations for the second time in a week
- His red Michael Jordan baseball cap isn’t allowed under tournament’s rules
- Aussie joked with crowd and was in good spirits despite falling to Djokovic
Nick Kyrgios broke the strict all-white Wimbledon dress code for the second time in a week when he wore a red baseball cap to receive his runner-up trophy from Kate Middleton after losing the men’s final.
The Aussie donned the Michael Jordan cap immediately after his 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 defeat to Novak Djokovic on Monday morning, despite getting in trouble for wearing an almost identical piece of red headgear when he beat Brandon Nakashima in the fourth round.
Wimbledon’s strict dress code stipulates that white must be worn ‘from the point at which the player enters the court surround’ – but that didn’t matter to Kyrgios as he received the trophy from the Duchess.
Ever the rebel, Kyrgios broke the all-white dress code for the second time in a week as he wore a red Michael Jordan cap while getting his trophy from Kate Middleton
The huge basketball fan also wore an almost identical red Jordan cap after winning his fourth-round match, after which he hosed down the controversy by saying ‘I do what I want’
After warmly embracing Djokovic at the net straight after match point, the 27-year-old showed none of the fiery temper that flashed during his defeat as he sent warm messages to his opponent, the match officials and fans.
‘He’s a bit of a god,’ he said of the Serb, who is now a seven-time men’s singles champion at Wimbledon. ‘I’m not going to lie, I thought I played well.
‘First of all, I want to congratulate Novak and your team. Of course, you have won this championship I don’t even know how many times anymore.
‘Then obviously to all the ballkids, umpires. You and I have a very tough relationship at times but I thought I would thank you for putting up with it.
‘Then the crowd. It has been an amazing couple of weeks for me personally.’
Asked if playing in his first grand slam final made him hungry for more, Kyrgios made the crowd laugh when he replied, ‘Absolutely not. I’m so tired, honestly.
Kyrgios and Djokovic mended their relationship before the final began and it showed just after match point as the pair embraced
Djokovic hailed the Aussie as one of the best players in the world and said he’d contest more grand slam finals in future – before confirming the two have a ‘bromance’
‘You know, myself, my team, I think we are all exhausted. We played so much tennis. I definitely need a well-earned vacation after this one.’
He and Djokovic put their bitter past rivalry behind them shortly before the final, with the pair agreeing to celebrate afterwards with the winner paying for dinner in a funny social media exchange.
The pair had exchanged barbs in the past but the Aussie stuck up for Djokovic when his Australian Open campaign was derailed when he was thrown out of the country for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
‘Hopefully this is the start of a wonderful relationship between the two of us,’ the Serb said
The Serb kept the new friendship going in his remarks after receiving the winner’s trophy, saying Kyrgios is one of the best players in the world and will be contesting more grand slam finals in future.
‘I never thought I am going to say so many nice things about you considering the relationship,’ he said. OK, it is officially a bromance.’
Asked about the agreement that the winner would pay for their dinner, he joked, ‘Yes, that’s why he lost,’ and added, ‘I don’t know if we are going to make it happen tonight or some other night but yes, hopefully this is the start of a wonderful relationship between the two of us.’