Nick Kyrgios makes Wimbledon retirement hint - he could QUIT in five years

Ruben Hill
July 7, 2018

Frustrated at being unable to conjure more than two break points in Istomin's first 21 service games, Kyrgios turned on his courtside support after dropping the third set.

'I served well, but I struggled to find rhythm. I was out of the game for two and a half months.

"I look like I don't care one minute, then the next minute I'm playing really well".

A semi-finalist in Stuttgart and Halle and boasting an astonishing 140 aces in his past five matches, four of which were best-of-thress-setters, Kyrgios would have favoured to take down Tomic. "It's a tug-of-war all the time".

"On the grass, he's a nightmare", said the 15th seed.

Reacting to the incident, Kyrgios hailed the ballgirl for taking it "like a champ" as he insisted even he would have cried had he been in her place. "If he puts his mind to it he can do some damage here, for sure. I would have been crying, for sure".

"It was tough. Originally when I heard the sound, I though it [the serve] hit the scoreboard. I thought he played well".

Added to John Millman's win on day one, this has given Australia its best start to the grass-court grand slam in three years.

Matt Ebden is looking to back up his big win over 10th seed David Goffin against French qualifier Stephane Robert, while teenage debutant Alex De Minaur continues against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, also of France.

The Sydneysider, who is mentored by former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, showed all the fighting qualities of the 2002 Wimbledon champion to chalk up his first win in a grand slam tournament.

Ebden claimed the biggest grand slam scalp of his career, 10th seed David Goffin, with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 triumph over the Belgian who scuppered Australia's Davis Cup hopes a year ago in Brussels.

Tomic's victory was his ninth of the grass-court season after the 25-year-old made a run to the semifinals in s'-Hertogenbosch before arriving at Wimbledon.

"That's an opportunity for both of them, a guaranteed Aussie in the third round and hopefully I can join one of them", Barty said. Today was much tougher than I remembered.

"So it took me a while to adjust and it certainly wasn't my best tennis, but I did enough to get through and that's all we need".

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