Kyrgios leaps to Raducanu's defense following criticism of British star

Friday, 08 July 2022 at 05:00
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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has stuck up for Emma Raducanu after the British teenager came in for criticism for praising his quarter-final display at Wimbledon.
On Wednesday Kyrgios, 27, advanced into the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career when he overcame Christian Garin in straight sets. The Aussie was at his sublime best against Garin, with the match also void of the controversies which have thus far tainted his run at SW19. And Raducanu, 19, took to Twitter to laud the display, simply writing 'NK' alongside a magician's wand emoji.
But her post seemed to anger a number of her followers, given on Tuesday it was confirmed that Kyrgios had been charged with common assault by Australian authorities The allegations relate to an incident with his ex-partner, Chiara Passari.
That news followed divisive behavior from Kyrgios during the opening week at SW19, who was fined for spitting towards a spectator during his first round match with Paul Jubb. He then received another financial penalty for an 'audible obscenity' during his clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas.
And in response he's spoken up for Raducanu, telling reporters: "I feel like I've kind of stuck up for her a bit in the media with some of the stuff that older legends kind of love to just throw shade and have their opinions on young players, young important players.
"She's obviously going to be one of the most important players on the WTA Tour for a very long time. She's obviously capable of winning a Grand Slam at 18. She's very capable of doing that again."
And the Canberra man clearly appreciated the apparent praise, adding: "I'm glad that I have those supporters. If she loves watching my tennis, that's great.
"I enjoy watching her tennis, as well. But I think that was just a bit of a payback for how much I've kind of stuck up for her in the media."

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