STILL talking about the amazing match Nick Kyrgios played against Rafael Nadal. John Barrett, one of THE experts in the game, said it was the most amazing display of tennis he had seen. He said Boris Becker’s win at Wimbledon as a 17-year-old was nothing when compared with the feat of Kyrgios. Huge praise indeed. The young Aussie has caused great interest with everyone. Everyone wanted to see his match against against 22yo Milos Raonic.
I sat with all the Aussies, next to Lleyton Hewitt, Tony Roche, Ken Rosewall, Neale Fraser and Tennis Australia officials Craig Tiley, Steve Healy, Geoff Pollard and the like. Rod Laver was in the Royal Box with his son, so had to watch the score on the scoreboard. I asked Tiley what was happening about Simon Rea - the coach of Kyrgios. He told me it was being dealt with. I do hope so for Nick’s sake.
Kyrgios played an amazing match considering the high he must have been on from the day before. He just got mentally and physically tired in the end, but fought like mad. He has a lot to learn, obviously, but my goodness what a great future he has. He really is a rock star. Everyone loves him. Just sad that the schedule did not allow him to have a day's rest.
Am sure that the agents will be out to secure Nick Kyrgios’ future. I will be interested to see what he is offered. Watch this space.
As for the women, Eugenie Bouchard, whose mother is into the royalty (naming her daughters Beatrice, Charlotte and Victoria) has a mouthwatering contest against Simona Halep who demolished last year's finalist Sabine Lisicki. It seems Serena Williams is not at all popular with the WTA. She should not have even gone onto the court for the doubles match, but insisted. Not well at all.
Aussies still in doubles - Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, along with Anastasis Rodionova and her partner.
JUDY (Tegart) Dalton was a singles finalist at Wimbledon in 1968 and women's doubles champion at Wimbledon in 1969. She was also a two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles finalist.