Emma Raducanu explains decision to support Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon



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Emma Raducanu explains decision to support Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon

British tennis star Emma Raducanu reveals Nick Kyrgios has always been "really nice" to her and that's one of the reasons why she supported the Australian during Wimbledon. Kyrgios, 27, reached his first Grand Slam final at this past Wimbledon.

After Kyrgios' quarterfinal victory over Cristian Garin, Raducanu tweeted: "NK (magic stick emoji." “To me, he’s always been very kind and generous. He was supporting me after Wimbledon last year, before the US Open, so the way he’s been with me, yeah, he’s been really nice.

People definitely want to watch Nick," Raducanu told Evening Standard.

Kyrgios came to the defence of Raducanu

Raducanu had a very rough start to the season as she was plagued by physical issues and that contributed to her having very poor results at the start of the year.

Raducanu was heavily criticized by some former players and it was Kyrgios who came to her defence. "What’s with old retired players giving their opinion on our stars now? I love A-rod and I agree we all need to chill with the rackets and all that, but geezus, I read an article about a past female player talking about radacanu, no offence but she is a far far bigger name already," Kyrgios tweeted in late March.

After seeing Raducanu's tweet from Wimbledon, Kyrgios said he grateful to see a fellow player supporting him. “I feel like I’ve kind of stuck up for her a bit in the media with some of the stuff that older legends kind of love to just throw shade and have their opinions on young players, young important players," Kyrgios said.

"I’m glad that I have those supporters. If she loves watching my tennis, that’s great. I enjoy watching her tennis, as well. But I think that was just a bit of a payback for how much I’ve kind of stuck up for her in the media”.