Nick Kyrgios gets brutally honest on nearly hitting Rafael Nadal at 2019 Wimbledon

Kyrgios was aiming to hit Nadal in the chest during their 2019 Wimbledon match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nick Kyrgios gets brutally honest on nearly hitting Rafael Nadal at 2019 Wimbledon
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Nick Kyrgios recounted nearly hitting Rafael Nadal during their 2019 Wimbledon match by saying that it "was worth nearly pegging" the Spaniard. During a 2019 Wimbledon second-round match between Kyrgios and Nadal, the Australian aimed directly at Nadal's chest.

Nadal, who was at the net when the ball was rapidly approaching him, was able to deflect it with his racket before giving a pretty cold stare to Kyrgios. This week, Kyrgios shared a video of him nearly hitting Nadal to his Instagram Story and wrote: "Was worth nearly pegging him."

What Kyrgios, Nadal said after their Wimbledon match?

After losing to Nadal in four sets, Kyrgios admitted that he was aiming to hit Nadal. "Why would I apologize? I mean, the dude has got how many Slams, how much money in the bank account? I think he can take a ball to the chest, bro.

I'm not going to apologize to him at all." When Nadal was asked to share his thoughts on Kyrgios aiming to hit him, the Spaniard described it as a dangerous moment. "I don't say Nick does this stuff to bother the opponent, but (it) is true that sometimes he's dangerous.

When he hit the ball like this, (it) is dangerous for a line referee, dangerous for a crowd. ... I know he's a big, talented player, but I know when you hit this kind of ball, the ball can go anywhere. (The ball) almost hit me, no problem.

I am professional, so I know how to avoid this. But another one, the ball goes straight to the back. So (it could've) been dangerous moment for the line umpire. That ball hits an eye or something like this, (it becomes) a problem," Nadal said at the time.

Against Nadal, Kyrgios has three wins and six losses. Last year, Kyrgios was beaten by Nadal at the Indian Wells Masters. Kyrgios and Nadal were also scheduled to meet in the Wimbledon semifinal but the Spaniard withdrew due to an abdominal injury.

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