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Novak Djokovic And Nick Kyrgios Make Side Bet On The Wimbledon Final

Rory O'Callaghan

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Novak Djokovic And Nick Kyrgios Make Side Bet On The Wimbledon Final

Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios have agreed to make a side bet on the outcome of Sunday's Wimbledon final, with the loser paying for a night out with his opponent.

Defending champion and No 1 seed Djokovic will go in search of his 21st career Grand Slam singles title when he faces Kyrgios on Centre Court.

Kyrgios is through to his first ever Grand Slam final, having been handed a bye to the showpiece event after his semi-final opponent Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from the tournament with an abdominal injury.

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Kyrgios has criticised Djokovic on numerous occasions in the past, last year describing the Serbian as "boneheaded" and a "tool" over his controversial vaccination stance.

However, Kyrgios surprisingly leapt to Djokovic's defence earlier this year when the world No 1 was threatened with deportation from Australia ahead of the Australian Open.

Ahead of Sunday's Wimbledon final, Kyrgios posted a screenshot of a quote from Djokovic in which he said he "appreciated" the Australian's support.

Kyrgios and Djokovic have agreed to a side bet on Sunday's Wimbledon final (Image: Instagram/Nick Kyrgios)
Kyrgios and Djokovic have agreed to a side bet on Sunday's Wimbledon final (Image: Instagram/Nick Kyrgios)

"We friends now?," added Kyrgios, tagging Djokovic in the post on his Instagram story.

Djokovic then responded: "If you are inviting me for a drink or dinner, I accept. P.S winner of tomorrow pays," followed by the wink-smile emoji.

"Deal, let's go to a nightclub and go nuts," replied Kyrgios, who is well-known for his love of partying.

Kyrgios is through to his first ever Grand Slam final (Image: Alamy)
Kyrgios is through to his first ever Grand Slam final (Image: Alamy)

Back in 2019, Kyrgios courted controversy when he was pictured drinking in a pub in Wimbledon on the eve of his second-round match against Nadal.

He was, perhaps unsurprisingly, beaten by the Spaniard that day and in his post-match press conference Kyrgios hilariously noticed that one of the reporters had been drinking in the same pub as him the night before.

The Australian is now set to party with Djokovic this weekend and with both players pocketing more than £1m just for reaching the final, it could be some night out.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Nick Kyrgios, Novak Djokovic, Tennis, Wimbledon

Rory O'Callaghan
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