The first week of Wimbledon has brought its share of stories. From upcoming young players making a lot of noise to well-earned rewards, passing by shocking upsets and scheduling mishaps, there was a lot for everyone.
NK sky rocketing
Whoever follows young Aussie Nick Kyrgios on Twitter is very familiar with his #NKRising hashtag. However, the 19-year-old should very well change this sentence following his very first main draw at Wimbledon.
After all, the 19-year-old, who entered the tournament thanks to a wild card earned when he won the Nottingham Challenger, has been literally sky rocketing in the first week, earning his first win in four sets over veteran Stéphane Robert, then going on to save no less than nine match points en route to upsetting 13th seed Richard Gasquet, thus crowning a 0-2 comeback win (his first, obviously) in style.
Finally, on Saturday, Kyrgios won the battle of the young guns, reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time after defeating 20-year-old Jiri Vesely (last year’s “Star of Tomorrow”) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2, booking a meeting with World number one Rafael Nadal in the process.
It is a win that will also make him enter the top 100 at the end of the tournament, he who is currently ranked at a career-high number 144 in the world’s rankings.
“It’s a great milestone”, said Kyrgios. “I will keep aiming higher and higher. Right now I won’t put a number on it.”
A good thing he refrains from it, because if he stays healthy, who knows how high “NK” will be “rising” before this season ends?
The future is really bright in Australian tennis.