Nick Kyrgios drops OUT of Wimbledon with injury after two sets of match with Felix Auger-Aliassime

Nick Kyrgios bounced on to Court One and sat on his chair. He flirted with the crowd, he grabbed his phone. And then he noticed he’d forgotten his tennis shoes.

‘For one minute I thought I was a professional,’ he smiled down the camera. Wimbledon’s circus of choice was back underway.

An hour later, the Australian trudged back to that same seat and pulled those very shoes from his feet. The show was over.

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from Wimbledon after sustaining an abdominal injury

Kyrgios can’t hide his despair after retiring from his match against Felix Auger-Aliassime

The Australian was in obvious pain with every serve as he struggled through the second set 

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That’s the problem with being a ‘part-time player’ – the body cannot bluff its way through the grind of Grand Slam tennis.

No matter your talent or the contents of your box of tricks. And so Kyrgios’ thrilling run to the third round ended in agony after damaged abdominal muscles left him lame.

‘It’s getting worse and worse,’ he said before shaking the hand of Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The crowd rose to salute its crocked jester. The No 16 seed breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Kyrgios dropped to the floor and had to receive treatment before the end of the opening set 

Before he could kick-off the third set against Auger-Aliassime, the Australian conceded 

For a while, once an official had fetched his shoes from the locker room, Kyrgios was at his brilliantly, barmy best.

He admitted to struggling physically even before this match and there was early cause for concern when the 26-year-old nursed his shoulder after the very first point. But that pain subsided and soon issues swelled across the net.

Auger-Aliassime, Canada’s brilliant 20-year-old, seemed tight – discombobulated, even – amid the am-dram unfolding at the other end. 

Kyrgios’ first underarm serve was followed by a huge ace; his changing pace and angles earned three breaks of serve in set one. But then, with Kyrgios leading 4-2, the physio emerged from behind the curtain. The Australian still broke but soon he was receiving a massage to his stomach.

Kyrgios was up to his usual tricks despite his injury, but was forced to bow-out eventually 

By set two, his face was frozen in a grimace – preening peacock had become sitting duck as Kyrgios patted down serves of around 100mph. Auger-Aliassime soon levelled the match and that signalled the end – of Kyrgios’ run in the singles and almost certainly his foray into mixed doubles with Venus Williams.

‘I tried to play as long as I could, I’m sorry I couldn’t give you more,’ Kyrgios told the crowd before turning to his opponent, now in a first Wimbledon fourth round.

‘You’ll see a lot of him in the future – and he’s better looking!’

One final laugh, followed by one final cheer as Kyrgios left the court in the same basketball shoes he’d worn an hour earlier.

‘Playing out here and having this support has made me maybe have a second wind,’ he added. ‘I’m going to come back and play for a bit longer, I reckon.’

The charismatic Australian had forgotten his tennis shoes before Saturday’s third-round match

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‘You’re the worst player’: Jelena Ostapenko RAGES at Ajla Tomljanovic after losing at Wimbledon

Jelena Ostapenko raged at Ajla Tomljanovic immediately after losing her third-round clash at Wimbledon after the victorious Australian player accused her of feigning an injury. 

World No 75 Tomljanovic was furious with Ostapenko in the final and third set after her opponent called for a time-out, claiming that the Latvian was attempting to break her rhythm by making up an injury. 

When the Australian player sealed the decisive set 6-2, Ostapenko was left enraged that her opponent believed she was faking her medical issues, which prompted her to shout ‘your behaviour is terrible’. 

Jelena Ostapenko (right) and Ajla Tomljanovic (left) were involved in a fiery clash after their match

Ostapenko (above) called a timeout when Tomljanovic was 4-0 in the final set, which angered her opponent

Ostapenko: If you think I am faking, you can talk to the physio.
Tomljanovic: I hope you feel better.
O: your behaviour is terrible. you have zero respect.
T: you are the one to talk.
O: what? so bad so bad. pic.twitter.com/UDIWdFB8RA

— Tennis GIFs 🎾🎥 (@tennis_gifs) July 3, 2021

When the players met to shake hands at the net, Ostapenko told Tomljanovic: ‘If you think I’m faking it, you can talk with the physio.’

The Australian replied ‘I hope you feel better’ but the Latvian was not finished there, shouting: ‘Your behaviour is terrible. You have zero respect.’

Tomljanovic repsonded: ‘You are the one to talk.’ 

A livid Ostapenko retorted: ‘What? Even if I have an injury. So bad, so bad.’

Tomljanovic thought Ostapenko was faking the injury in order to break up her rhythm

As the 24-year-old Latvian was leaving the court, she was heard describing Tomljanovic as the ‘worst player on the tour’.

World No 34 Ostapenko was expected to beat Tomljanovic in their Wimbledon showdown after the Latvian won the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament just before the beginning of the Championships in London. 

But Tomljanovic, who has never been to the fourth round of Wimbledon before this year, will now take on surprise British teenager Emma Raducanu at the start of the second week on Monday. 

When Tomljanovic sealed the win, Ostapenko said that Tomljanovic’s ‘behaviour is terrible’

The Australian bit back at Ostapenko saying that the Latvian ‘was one to talk’

The 18-year-old British player is currently ranked 338 in the world and only player her first WTA Tour match last month but has now won four Grand Slam matches at SW19.

The teenager has only just finished her A-Levels and was only entered into the tournament at the last minute via a wildcard. She is coached by Nigel Sears, who is Andy Murray’s father-in-law.

Raducanu beat World No 54 Sorana Cirstea of Romania on Court One earlier on Saturday to continue her dream run at Wimbledon.  

Tomljanovic will now face 18-year-old British player Emma Raducanu (above) on Monday

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Roger Federer sees off Cameron Norrie in straight sets to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon

Cameron Norrie found his path at a grand slam blocked by a tennis giant once again as he fell in the third round of Wimbledon to Roger Federer.

The British No 2 was playing in the last 32 for the third consecutive slam but, after losing to Rafael Nadal at both the Australian and French Opens, this time it was Federer who defeated him 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Federer looked to be cruising through to the fourth round at two sets ahead only for Norrie to break to love to clinch the third. 

Roger Federer held off a spirited rally by Cameron Norrie on Centre Court at Wimbledon

The Swiss ace had struggled in the earlier rounds but he stepped it up to go two sets up

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That was as good as it got, though, with the sixth seed wrapping up victory in two hours and 34 minutes.

Norrie follows Andy Murray and Dan Evans out of the tournament so, having had three men through to the third round of the singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 1999, British interest is now at an end.

The British No2 rallied to edge a tight third set and threaten a fightback against Federer

Norrie gets the crowd going during his men’s singles third round match against Federer

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