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Djokovic downs Kyrgios in 2022 Wimbledon men’s final

Emily Benammar and Julian Linden, July 11, 2022 8:30AM Kids News

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Novak Djokovic holds the winner’s trophy and Nick Kyrgios holds the runners-up trophy after the Wimbledon men’s final at the All England Club on July 10, 2022. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraNovak Djokovic holds the winner’s trophy and Nick Kyrgios holds the runners-up trophy after the Wimbledon men’s final at the All England Club on July 10, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

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Despite winning the first set and playing some incredible tennis, it all unravelled for Nick Kyrgios as Novak Djokovic stormed to an incredible seventh Wimbledon title.

In his first grand slam* title since his Australian deportation* saga*, Djokovic won 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6.

Like every Kyrgios match, there was no shortage of fireworks.

With the match locked at one set apiece, Kyrgios was issued a code violation* for complaining to the chair umpire that fans were distracting him while he was serving.

As he closed out his service game he said: “They’re distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final, she’s drunk out of her mind.

“Why is she still here? She’s drunk out of her mind in the first row, speaking to me in the middle of a game. What’s acceptable? Nothing is acceptable? So kick her out!

“I know exactly which one it is, it’s the one that looks like she’s had 700 drinks, bro.”

Heradl Sun Tennis news 2022 media_cameraNick Kyrgios was issued a code violation for an outburst about a disruptive fan during his Wimbledon finals match in which he also directed his anger at his supporters’ box.

Kyrgios continued to rant and complain throughout the match, with most of his rage directed at his supporters’ box where his girlfriend, dad, sister and trainers sat. He complained they were not supporting him loudly enough.

After claiming the first set, Kyrgios was unable to claw his way back into the contest in the next two sets. He was able to push Djokovic to a fourth set tie-break but the dream of his first singles title came to an end.

Gracious* in defeat, Kyrgios said: “He’s a bit of a god, I’m not going to lie. I want to congratulate Novak.

“To all the ball kids and umpires, I know we have tough relationships, thanks for putting up with it.”

Day Fourteen: The Championships - Wimbledon 2022 media_cameraDespite his loss to Novak Djokovic, Australian Nick Kyrgios played some great tennis in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon. Picture: Getty Images

Asked if he was hungry for more grand slam finals chances, Kyrgios added: “Absolutely not! I’m so exhausted. I need a well earned vacation. Maybe one day I’ll be here again but I don’t know about that.”

Kyrgios defied* the doubters – including himself – just to reach the final and allow himself to dream about winning one of the most revered* prizes in all sports.

But despite playing well, he was no match for the ruthless Djokovic, who claimed his 21st grand slam title and seventh on the centre court at the All England Club, where the Wimbledon tournament is played.

Djokovic, who was kicked out of Australia just before the Australian Open because he refuses to get a Covid-19 vaccination, is now just one grand slam title behind record holder Rafael Nadal.

*** BESTPIX *** Day Fourteen: The Championships - Wimbledon 2022 media_cameraNovak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning match point against Australian Nick Kyrgios in their men’s singles final at Wimbledon. Picture: Getty Images

Kyrgios might alienate* a lot of people, but there’s also a whole generation in his corner who love his untraditional approach and desire to shake things up.

Kyrgios’ Wimbledon finals appearance came a year after Ash Barty became the first Australian woman in 42 years to win the women’s singles title and 24 hours after Aussie pair

Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell took the men’s doubles title.

Ebden and Purcell are the first all-Australian pairing in 22 years to win the men’s doubles. They did it the hard way, beating the defending champions from Croatia – Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic – in a five-set thriller 7-6 6-7 4-6 6-4 7-6.

media_cameraAustralians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell celebrate with their trophies after winning the Wimbledon men’s doubles final against Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic on July 9, 2022. Picture: AFP

GLOSSARY

  • grand slam: the four major tennis tournaments – Australian Open, US Open, French Open and Wimbledon
  • deportation: the act of forcing someone to leave a country
  • saga: a long, dramatic story
  • code violation: when the umpire decides that a player’s bad behaviour has broken a rule. The first violation is a warning, but a second results in the loss of a point and a third in the loss of a game
  • gracious: pleasant, kind and polite
  • defied: resisted, refused to follow or obey
  • revered: greatly respected and admired
  • alienate: to cause others to stop supporting and agreeing with you

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QUICK QUIZ

  1. What is the name of the tournament that Kyrgios and Djokovic played in?
  2. Why was Kyrgios issued a code violation?
  3. How many grand slam titles as Djokovic now won?
  4. Which other player holds the record for the most grand slam titles?
  5. Which Australian players won the men’s doubles title?

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1. Acrostic poem
Create an acrostic poem about Nick Kyrgios. Write the letters of this name down the left side of your page and then write words, phrases or sentences beginning with each letter that describe him, his strengths and weaknesses, and his sporting achievements.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English; Health and Physical Education; Media Arts

2. Extension
Make an audio recording of your poem, reading it with expression.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English; Health and Physical Education; Media Arts

VCOP ACTIVITY
I’ve always wanted to know
If you had the opportunity to talk to Nick Kyrgios or Novak Djokovic, what would you ask them?

Come up with five different questions. Challenge yourself to use different question stems (question opener words) to write your questions, and don’t forget to end with a question mark.

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