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Watching Nick Kyrgios play tennis is like watching a car accident – you want to look away, but you can’t

For those who don’t know the name, Nick Kyrgios is a 27-year-old tennis sensation from Australia, whose considerable tennis skills are undeniable. His unprecedented racquet magic.

He’s also a world-class jerk.

Kyrgios is rather ill-suited to a distinguished sport where decorum and sportsmanship are the norm. So much so that at the end of each match, the fighters – whatever the ferocity of their match – find themselves at the net to shake hands, kiss or console the defeated. In fact, it’s rare for one player to speak ill of another.

The brash Kyrgios, however, has no time for such niceties. He has skins to claim and butts to beat!

Don’t expect old Nick to raise his hand – palm up (in an “I’m sorry” gesture) – when one of his shots catches the top of the net, before falling unplayable, like all other professional players, either.

No chance. If those are the excuses you crave, don’t attend his games. You will be disappointed.

If, however, you enjoy your rowdy tennis, then Kyrgios is your man.

Additionally, every day, Kyrgios has the skills to beat any player alive as he possesses an almost unfathomable amount of God-given talent.

He’s just so good.

What he is not yet – despite his considerable skills – is a Grand Slam champion – something Kyrgios is currently trying to become at this year’s third major tournament, Wimbledon.

Yes, Wimbledon. The simplest and most appropriate stop on the professional circuit. Conducted on the grass courts of the All England Club, London – where decorum has been practiced since its inauguration in 1877. So wise, in fact, that it required players to wear all-white attire when they play – in keeping with the long tradition of Wimbledon.

If you think Wimbledon and Kyrgios are a mismatch that has about as much in common as a rainbow and an erupting volcano, well… then you’ve paid attention.

Wimbledon is the ultimate class event and has little patience for Kyrgios’ unworthy, brotherly antics and seemingly endless theatrics.

Conversely, Kyrgios is a big theatrics, whose rude demeanor has come close to millennials and gen Z, who love “the ‘tude”, i.e. nervousness, which he brings to a sport often considered stuffy.

For example, during coverage of Saturday’s third-round matches, ABC chose to show Kyrgios against the No. 4 seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas on “Court One”, although the living legend Rafael Nadal — whose matches are still the focal point of network television — was simultaneously playing on “Center Court.”

Admittedly, Nadal’s opponent, Lorenzo Sonegolacked the star power of the Kyrgios/Tsitsipas game, but nonetheless, his message was clear and meaningful.

This is what makes Nick Kyrgios a necessary tennis enigma. Admittedly, pro tennis has its fans, but the youth must always be served. Because if new fans don’t embrace the sport and replace those who die, attrition becomes the enemy.

Tennis can’t afford it.

That’s why Old England Tennis Club bosses lament the fact that as Wimbledon enters its second week, Nick Kyrgios is still playing there. You can almost hear those wailing in the pearly white towers of Wimbledon: “Is that damn guy still there?

With Saturday’s victory over Tsitsipas, Kyrgios – the 25th seed – is now through to the round of 16. His next opponent is Brandon Nakashima, a talented 20-year-old prospect, however, if he beats Kyrgios, it would qualify as a major shock. You see, when Kyrgios loses a match, it’s usually because he’s struggling.

If he beats Nakashima as expected, Kyrgios would then be in the last 8 and would only be a few games away from winning the whole shebang! Of course, stepping into such exalted territory, Kyrgios would have to defeat the likes of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (who has won 20 Grand Slams and the aforementioned Rafa Nadal who has won 22).

As such, it’s no exaggeration to believe that tournament leaders view Djokovic, Nadal (and frankly anyone else), as ‘hole cards’, to prevent Kyrgios from winning Wimbledon – a result which would undoubtedly make them shiver uncontrollably. .

The mere thought of what might happen if Kyrgios triumphantly hoisted the Wimbledon trophy above his head, would surely strike fear of God into the Wimbledon hierarchy, causing them to convulse at the prospect of the crude prank Kyrgios might pull during of the prestigious ceremony.

Flipping the bird to a global TV audience would surely have great appeal for a mischievous rascal like Nick Kyrgios – as top Wimbledon executives swoon en masse.

Stay tuned. It will be almost impossible to look away.