Nick Kyrgios as electrifying as ever, showed why he could win Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios as electrifying as ever, showed why he could win Wimbledon

After his four-set victory over No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios told the crowd, “The media loves to write that I’m bad [for] the sport, but I'm clearly not. 

The match had everything: high-powered serving from both players, trick shots (Kyrgios), arguments with chair umpire Damien Dumusois 

(from both players) and a fourth-set tiebreak that produced some beautiful tennis. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim broke down Kyrgios’s win, which earned the 27-year-old Australian his first trip to the fourth round since 2016.

That’s an increasingly hard case to make. Some of the things he does we would probably not be happy about if our kids did it, but overall it’s hard to argue he 

is anything but a “net good” for the sport. Some of it is, the more you see him and the more you are around him, the more you know this is not someone with bad intent—this 

is someone who has some mental health challenges, which he has openly talked about and shared. He doesn’t always comport himself well. There are individual acts that are 

is someone who has some mental health challenges, which he has openly talked about and shared. He doesn’t always comport himself well. There are individual acts that are 

likable and he is doing it like no one else. There is enough good to offset the bad I talked about this with him the other day. He says he’s in a good place after being . 

in a dark place a few months ago and he’s very open about it. He went right into it. Rafael Nadal was playing at the same time as Kyrgios and Tsitsipas on Saturday. This is