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Three years ago today Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios had a hilariously-awkward encounter with a Wimbledon reporter who he noticed from being out at the pub the night before.
Kyrgios dispatched Brandon Nakashima last night to advance into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.
It comes three years after he went up against the legendary Rafael Nadal in the second round, a match-up for which the Australian might’ve been slightly hungover for.
Kyrgios referenced the incident in his post-match press conference, saying: “My agent had to come to force me out of a pub at 4am to play Nadal second round, on Centre Court, Wimbledon.
“I’ve come a long way, that’s for sure.”
The press conference following the Nadal matchup was a frosty one for sure, with one reporter asking him if he would have performed better if he had not been out drinking the night before.
However, there was a moment of hilarity when Kyrgios actually noted one of the journalists from partying with him that previous night.
The moment ensued when the journalist began her line of questioning, saying: “Nick, you played a great match.”
The Australian’s eyes lit up before she could even finish her question.
He shouted: “You, you were at the pub last night.”
“Oh yes, I know,” the woman replied drawing a huge laugh from other reporters in the room.
She joked: “You are ruining my reputation.”
Kyrgios seemed equally entertained as he was embarrassed as he said: “Ah ok, that’s hilarious. Yeah, sorry.”
Although he tried to keep a straight face, he cracked once again and shook his head in disbelief, saying: “This is awkward.”
It was later revealed the journalist was Lucia Hoffman from Inside Tennis, who was actually pictured being kissed on the cheek by Kyrgios at Wimbledon’s Dog the night before.
Cheeky little reencounter there for the pair.
It was a light-hearted moment in an otherwise stereotypical fiery Kyrgios press conference.
As for now, Kyrgios is getting set to play in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon against Chilean Cristian Garin.
The Australian has certainly come a long way since some headline nights out the day before a big matchup.
Kyrgios continued in last night’s conference, saying: “I just feel like I’ve been through so much. I feel like I’m able to stay more composed.
“Today is probably the first time in my career where I wasn’t playing well, regardless of playing Centre Court Wimbledon, fully packed crowd, I was able to just say, ‘Wow, look how far I’ve come’, to myself.”