Nick Kyrgios tips Novak Djokovic ahead of Wimbledon | Tennis | sport

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Nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion Todd Woodbridge backed Nick Kyrgios to reach the tournament semi-finals but insisted a draw would be important and he urged fellow Australian to try and avoid Novak Djokovic .

Doubles icon Woodbridge thinks Kyrgios can make a deep run at Wimbledon this year, having reached the semi-final of the Stuttgart Open where he made his grass singles debut this year before losing to Andy Murray . “Nick is actually trained and focused this season so it’s a good start to the grass season,” Woodbridge told Nine’s Sports Sunday. “If there’s one player on the pitch besides Novak who can play well enough and beat everyone on the grass, it’s Nick. So it’s about ‘How does he handle it? ‘Waiting as he enters this one this time?’ He is a legitimate force and a chance to go far at Wimbledon.

“It will depend on his draw. It is important. We don’t want him to come in a section that Novak might be, which is a possibility.

“But I think a semi-final is realistic this year. And if he gets to the semi-finals and his body is fine and his head is still on his shoulders, anything can happen.

Kyrgios in action at the Terra Wortmann Open Halle as he prepares for Wimbledon. The Aussie spoke about his chances on a grass pitch. “On grass, you know, I would be top five, top 10 in the world, definitely,” he told Tennis TV. “If I feel good on the grass, I feel really, really comfortable on it.”

Kyrgios reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart, having been beaten by Murray 7-6, 6-2 as the 27-year-old claimed he was racially abused during the match.

The tournament has issued a statement confirming that it will investigate the allegations. “We have expressed our regrets to Nick Kyrgios and his team and assured that any form of discrimination is unacceptable,” the statement read.

“The incident is currently under investigation. We stand for creating an inclusive environment for all. No form of discrimination is tolerated. These core values ​​are as important to us as values ​​such as fairness, tolerance and team spirit. Thus, no discriminatory actions on the part of the spectators are accepted.”

Kyrgios slammed his racket as he lost the first set to Murray, and after the match took to Instagram to explain his frustration. “When is it going to stop? Dealing with racial slurs from the crowd?” he wrote. “When I hit back at the crowd, I get penalised. It’s messed up.”

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