In an interview to The New York Post the former world No. 1 Chris Evert defended Nick Kyrgios from the criticism. Evert said: "I like Nick Kyrgios off the court very much. I have seen the way he is with kids and charities.
He is very giving and generous with people. On the court, I see another side to him and he loses it. I don’t want to judge him, but sportsmanship is an important part of tennis. I don’t like to see that side of him at all.
There are two different Nicks: the one we love and the one we just scratch our heads. We hope that he can get his emotions in check and be the great tennis player that he is without the shenanigans." On last year's controversial US Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, Evert said: "The villain was the grayness of the rules.
The rules in tennis are so much about the interpretation, but it’s not black and white. I was down on the court because I was supposed to present the trophy, and I said I never want to see that in tennis again. The boos were shaking the stadium.
I looked over to my right, and Naomi is sobbing in what should be the greatest moment in her life. It wasn’t a good representation of the sport of tennis. It’s kind of time to forget about it, though, and move on." Kyrgios will open his run against the American Steve Johnson.