London ball

Fans soak up the Wimbledon action as London bakes in the sun

It’s no surprise that crowd support was mixed for one of professional tennis’ most controversial players, Nick Kyrgios, on the hallowed grass of center court at Wimbledon.

However, facing a somewhat controversial champion in Novak Djokovic, there still seemed to be plenty to cheer on 27-year-old Canberran.

Even in the pre-game warm-up, Kyrgios was receiving cheers as he returned the ball with a few tricky moves, even showing off his classic ‘tweener’ return through his legs.

During the first set, the spectators kept shouting “C’mon Nick”, followed periodically by “C’mon Novak”.

However, watching Kyrgios closely on Center Court, it’s clear how much his family’s support means to him, even if he sometimes asks for more of them.

His father, sister, girlfriend and support crew watched from the front row of the players’ box and throughout the game they communicated with each other.

Nick Kyrgios was constantly looking to his players’ box for support.(Reuters: Hannah McKay)

Kyrgios watched them when things were going particularly well, and also yelled at them when things weren’t going well for him.

As an athlete without a coach, it seemed like that was where he got a lot of his inspiration and energy from.

“We go for the underdog”

A group of people sit in a pub garden and watch the Wimbledon final on a television.
The crowd at the Hope and Anchor pub in south London were strongly in support of Nick Kyrgios.(ABC News)

While the Center Court crowd was divided in their support for the two finalists, at the Hope and Anchor pub in south London patrons were strongly in support of Kyrgios.

Aussies made their way into the sunny beer garden at the back of the venue to watch the final as London baked in 29C.

Xavier – who has lived in London for eight years – had organized an Australian meeting there.

A group of men cheer on Nick Kyrgios at a London beer garden.
Xavier, second from right, had organized a large group of Australians to watch the men’s Wimbledon final at the (ABC News)

“Australians in London, I do it for Nick!” he exclaimed and said he was hoping for more fireworks from the game.

Kenisha, a Londoner, said she was backing Kyrgios as he was not expected to win.

“Because he’s the underdog – Djokovic has won too many times.” she told the ABC.

Three women wearing sunglasses hold drinks while sitting in the sun.
Kenisha, Claire and Kalix were having a drink in the sun while watching the Wimbledon men’s singles final.(ABC News)

Her friend Claire was of the same opinion.

“Yeah, we’ll go get the underdog,” she said, adding that she enjoyed Kyrgios’ antics on the pitch. “We love drama.”

“We’ll see him again”

Two smiling young men sitting at the back of a beer garden in London.  One is wearing a Wallabies jersey.
Feyi and Will, both British, supported Australian Nick Kyrgios in the men’s Wimbledon final.(ABC News)

Will — a ‘half Australian’ who grew up in England — who proudly wore a Wallabies shirt as he watched the final.

Feyi, another Briton, was backing Kyrgios after watching his quarter-final win over Chilean Cristian Garin.

“I saw him in person in the neighborhoods. He was absolutely electric,” he said.

“His serve sounds so different off the racket than anyone else.

A young man in a hat and two young women pose for the camera in an outdoor cafe.
Georgie, Mollie and Olivia all thought Nick Kyrgios brought much-needed personality to tennis.(ABC News)

George, a Briton, said tennis was more enjoyable when Kyrgios was playing.

“It was nice to have someone behind who, as a youngster, made the sport exciting,” he told the ABC.

“It was great. He did his best.”

Her friend, Olivia, agreed.

“He brings a completely different personality to the game, so we were really supporting him. So it’s a shame, but maybe next year, next time, he’ll win.

Rachel, from Perth, had donned an Australian flag for the final but was disappointed with the result.

A young woman and a man wave an Australian flag.
Perth native Rachel, pictured with Adrian, expects Kyrgios to come back better and stronger after their final defeat.(ABC News)

But she still had praise for the Aussie and his achievements, and said she expected him to be back and competing at the top again soon.

“He had a bit of luck before, with Nadal, but he played awesome tennis before that. He really deserved to be here. I’m happy to see him in a grand slam and hopefully he can. bring one home someday,” she said.

“He’s a young gun. These boys are getting older, retiring with injury. We’ll see him again.”

Job , updated