‘He is a legitimate force’: Aussie tennis champion says Nick Kyrgios can WIN Wimbledon this year – after he savaged fan who racially abused him
- Nick Kyrgios has been backed to cause an upset and triumph at Wimbledon
- The Australian tennis star reached the quarter finals in SW London back in 2014
- Todd Woodbridge says a favourable draw could see the 27-year-old go far
- Kyrgios was in Stuttgart over the weekend where he says he was racially abused
Nick Kyrgios has been backed to send shockwaves through tennis and win Wimbledon this year, with the Australian ready to take full advantage of a weakened field in South West London.
Four of the men ranked in the world’s top 10 are in doubt to compete in this year’s competition – set to begin on June 27 – opening up the draw for tennis’ most intriguing character.
Rafael Nadal is battling a foot injury, Alexander Zverev will be out for some time after undergoing ankle surgery while Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev have been barred owing to the ban against Russians and Belarusians.
Nick Kyrgios has been backed to cause an upset and win this year’s Wimbledon tournament
And now Aussie tennis hero Todd Woodbridge has made the bold claim that Kyrgios can spring an upset this year and better his 2014 effort of reaching the quarter final – where he lost to Milos Raonic.
‘Nick is actually trained and focused on this season, so this is a good start to the grass-court season,’ he told Nine’s Sports Sunday.
‘If there is any player in the field outside of Novak that can play well enough and beat everyone on grass, it’s Nick.
‘So, it’s about: How does he deal with the expectation as he goes into this one this time?.
The Australian star reached the quarter finals in 2014 and flourishes on the grass courts
He ramped up his preparations over the weekend, where he lost to Andy Murray in Germany
‘He is a legitimate force and chance to go deep at Wimbledon.’
If Nadal is unable to compete this year, Novak Djokovic will stand alone as the strongest name in the competition and Woodbridge admitted that Kyrgios will need some luck to avoid the Serbian early doors.
‘It’ll depend on his draw. That’s significant,’ Woodbridge added. ‘We don’t want him coming up in a section that Novak might be, which is a possibility.
‘But I think a semi is realistic this year.
‘And if he gets to the semi and his body’s OK and the head’s still on the shoulders, anything can happen.’
Aussie tennis hero Todd Woodbridge says if Kyrgios lands a favourable draw he can win it
Kyrgios has been preparing for the third Grand Slam of the year in Germany, where he competed at the Stuttgart Open over the weekend.
However, his defeat to Andy Murray was marred after Kyrgios claimed he was racially abused by a member of the crowd, alleging he was called a ‘little black sheep’ and told to ‘shut up and play’.
Kyrgios wrote on Instagram: ‘When is this going to stop? Dealing with racial slurs from the crowd?
‘I understand my behaviour isn’t the best all the time – but “you little black sheep, shut up and play”, little comments like this are not acceptable.’