Nick Kyrgios reveals his true feelings during Wimbledon final versus Novak Djokovic

Kyrgios took on Djokovic in his first Slam final at 2022 Wimbledon.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Nick Kyrgios reveals his true feelings during Wimbledon final versus Novak Djokovic
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Nick Kyrgios admitted it felt pretty surreal to him to play in a Wimbledon final as the Australian tennis star confessed to thinking "it was all a joke" just before entering the Centre Court for the final against Novak Djokovic.

In the summer of 2022, Kyrgios made his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon. Kyrgios, who turned 27 just three months earlier, made his first Slam final in the most prestigious tournament in the world and his rival was none other than Djokovic.

Traditionally, the Royal Family was in attendance for the Wimbledon final. Although it was his first Slam final, Kyrgios came out playing great as he won the first set. Kyrgios continued to play at a very high level for the remainder of the final but Djokovic somehow still found a way to win in four sets 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3).

Kyrgios on his Wimbledon final against Djokovic

"I was laughing inside. Like I was, I had Novak Djokovic behind me, uh, the Royal family watching me play and there's like guards there. And I'm just like thinking to myself, I don't, this shouldn't be me.

Like the way that. Everything had panned out. It was like, I just thought it was all a joke. I was like, this is incredible. How, how am I here in this moment in time? And yeah, I was walking out to the court and I just. Yeah, like it's like every single thing that I'd gone through, training, family sacrifice, it all, that's the one time in my life where everything made sense.

Everything made sense. Every gym session, conditioning session, every good meal I decided to eat, was all equal to that moment in time. And it's like I didn't sleep the night before and then as soon as I stepped on court, all those feelings went away.

It was like, okay, now I'm home. And then I lost the match, but I played incredible. It was a great final, but I just remember seeing the doors open real slowly. And I saw every blade of grass, the same length. And I just walked out there and it was just like home.

And then that was it. I just, I'm not disappointed that I lost the match. Obviously I would love to have a Wimbledon crown, but it was all a bonus. The fact that I was just walking out, Novak's behind me, the royal family's there, like Nick Kyrgios making it that far.

Ridiculous," Kyrgios said On Purpose with Jay Shetty. Unfortunately, Kyrgios didn't compete at this year's Wimbledon due to a wrist injury.

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