Nick Kyrgios RANTS about Wimbledon pitch during Ugo Humbert epic

Nick Kyrgios RANTS about the state of Wimbledon’s grass as his five-set epic with Frenchman Ugo Humbert goes into second day on Wednesday… with maverick Australian claiming SW19 the court is ‘too slow’ and ‘it’s not turf anymore’

  • Nick Kyrgios’s epic with Ugo Humbert will go into a second day on Wednesday
  • Play on Court One ended on Tuesday night with the scores at 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 3-3
  • Kyrgios was heard shouting that the pitch was ‘too slow’ and ‘not a turf anymore’
  • The Australian levelled the match from two sets to one down in the SW19 epic

Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios ranted about the state of Wimbledon’s famous green turf on Tuesday during a late-night roller-coaster first-round against France’s Ugo Humbert.

Kyrgios and Humbert were switched to Court One under the roof after rain delays but the match could not finish as Wimbledon’s 11pm curfew came into force.

It robbed the crowd of a conclusion to an absorbing contest in which Kyrgios began well, then went off the boil, before hitting back strongly. When play was suspended the score was 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 3-3.

Nick Kyrgios ranted about the state of the Wimbledon turf during his epic with Ugo Humbert

Kyrgios will resume play with the Frenchman (above) with the score at 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 3-3

Considering the lack of play Kyrgios has had in the last 18 months because of the pandemic, he produced some sizzling tennis, but could not hide his frustration at the grass he believed was playing too slowly.

‘For those of you guys at home right now, this should be fast. It’s grass court tennis,’ Kyrgios said, addressing the courtside camera at a changeover. ‘This is slow. It’s slow.’

‘They made it slow. It’s not turf anymore, it’s a joke.’

It did not stop him thundering down four successive aces as he roared back in the fourth set.

The Australian (right) complained that the pitch was ‘slow’ and it was ‘not turf anymore’

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