Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic have agreed to a tasty side bet alongside the £2m ($A3.5m) they’ll be playing for in the Wimbledon final.
The unlikely but evidently blossoming “bromance” between the pair, which has come to light as they prepare to do battle in Sunday’s final, took a new tongue-in-cheek twist on the eve of the match when the pair indulged in an Instagram chat, doubtless to the delight of their millions of followers.
The finalists, who were once famously at daggers drawn, have been getting on much better, even becoming social media buddies, ever since Kyrgios proved Djokovic’s main defender during the his detention ordeal in Melbourne before the Australian Open.
Now, the two budding chums have agreed they should get out for dinner, with the winner footing the bill, even if Kyrgios is also apparently keen they then should go out and have a crazy time at a nightclub.
The pair met at practice and had a word before taking the conversation to social media.
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?”
Djokovic: “If you are inviting me for a drink or dinner, I accept. PS winner of tomorrow pays.”
Kyrgios: “Deal, let’s go to a nightclub and go nuts.”
That last comment may well have been Kyrgios’s cheeky nod to the photos taken at a nightclub in Belgrade in the middle of the Covid pandemic when Djokovic, organiser of the controversial Adria tournaments, was seen dancing topless.
At the time, Kyrgios was deeply unimpressed, tweeting: “Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE.”