Nick Kyrgios has risked the wrath of Wimbledon purists by insisting the Championships should do away with the traditional all-white dress code. The Aussie has revealed he would much rather wear black while accusing event organizers of failing to recognize what is ‘cool’.
Ahead of his opening encounter with British joker Paul Jubb, Kyrgios, who has a reputation for going against the grain, spoke out against traditional Wimbledon dress expectations, which strictly insist that players dress in White. Tournament competitors are even prohibited from wearing off-white or cream, while the colored trim on necklines and sleeves must also not be wider than one centimeter.
“I still want to wear black, obviously,” Kyrgios said with a wry smile during his pre-match press conference. “But I don’t think that’s something that’s going to change, I don’t know.
“I think it would be cool to allow, for example, a black sweatband or a black sweatband. I think it would look cool. Obviously Wimbledon don’t really care what looks cool…I don’t think that will ever change.”
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Preparation for this year’s grass-court major was marred by the All England Clubs’ decision to ban Russian and Belarus players. The move has since seen the ATP and WTA announce that ranking points will no longer be awarded for this edition of Wimbledon, although a world-record prize of £40.3million is up for grabs.
While Kyrgios also admitted he was not in favor of the ban, which stopped No.1-ranked Daniil Medvedev from competing, the 27-year-old revealed the prestige of playing at Wimbledon was a much more important reason to participate in this year’s tournament. than playing for ranking points.
“As a child, when I watched Wimbledon, when I wanted to play there, I didn’t think about ranking points, I thought about playing in the most prestigious tournament in the world,” he confessed. “I’m only here for that.
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