October 4, 2022

Nick Kyrgios appeared uninterested amid allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend – but one morning the host thinks it was all just an act.

The 27-year-old Australian tennis star was all smiles as he kissed his current girlfriend Costen Hatzi hours before beating Chilean Cristian Garin on Wednesday at Wimbledon. However, Australian TV presenter Tony Jones said he thought the kissing scene was a “stage-driven” stunt.

“It was going to be interesting to see from the moment he arrived here at Wimbledon today how he would actually react to the stories and the renewed media attention,” Jones said when reporting from the All England Club. .

“These are uncharted waters for him, of course. So he arrived at the training grounds. Listen, you can see it was staged if you want to be completely cynical about it. He was hand in hand with his girlfriend. He couldn’t have been more charming with everyone around him, taking selfies.

Nick Kyrgios with his girlfriend Costen Hatzi during Wimbledon practice.
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Kyrgios was seen kissing Hatzi, 22 – a Sydney-based blogger and social media influencer – at the side of the pitch during a training session, before the pair walked out holding hands hand.

The Aussie was also seen laughing with his entourage as cameras followed him out of a workout, in which Kyrgios said he felt like he was in ‘The Last Dance’ – a documentary -ESPN series that followed Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s.

“Instead of going to the furthest training ground, he wanted one closer to the cameras. He kissed his girlfriend, and you were like, ‘OK, he’s in great shape. spirit,” Jones said.

Nick Kyrgios celebrates his Wimbledon quarter-final win over Christian Garin.
Nick Kyrgios celebrates his Wimbledon quarter-final win over Christian Garin.
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Hatzi also took to his Instagram story to share photos of the couple kissing ahead of their win over Garin to set up a semi-final showdown against Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard won a grueling five-set match against Taylor Fritz on Wednesday, winning 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) in four hours and 20 minutes, while playing at through an abdomen. wound.

On Tuesday, news.com.au reported that Kyrgios has been charged with assaulting ex Chiara Passari, following an alleged incident in December 2021. Kyrgios is due in court in Canberra, Australia on 2 August and faces two years in prison if convicted.

“I have a lot of thoughts and things I want to say, on my side. But I have been informed by my lawyers that I cannot say anything about it at the moment,” Kyrgios said in his post-match press conference.

Nick Kyrgios with his girlfriend Costen Hatzi during Wimbledon practice.
Nick Kyrgios with his girlfriend Costen Hatzi during Wimbledon practice.
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Nick Kyrgios with his girlfriend Costen Hatzi during Wimbledon practice.
Nick Kyrgios with his girlfriend Costen Hatzi during Wimbledon practice.
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Kyrgios was asked how the allegations affected him in one of the biggest games of his career.

“It didn’t really affect me at all, to be honest with you,” he said. “Obviously seeing him…I’m only human. Obviously, I read about it and everyone was asking questions. It was hard to focus on the mission at hand (which) was the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

“I know deep down that this is what I was prepared for (and) it hasn’t affected my preparation at all. I knew I would stay true to myself and give my best performance today.

Passari addressed the situation for the first time this week, responding to a supportive comment on Instagram.

Nick Kyrgios celebrates his Wimbledon quarter-final win over Christian Garin.
Nick Kyrgios celebrates his Wimbledon quarter-final win over Christian Garin.
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Nick Kyrgios with his girlfriend Costen Hatzi during Wimbledon practice.
Nick Kyrgios with his girlfriend Costen Hatzi during Wimbledon practice.
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“Thank you. Finally someone smart enough to understand how the justice system works,” she wrote.

Hatzi, meanwhile, has been wearing a diamond on her left ring finger for a few months. According to news.com.au, Kyrgios – who has Hatzi’s first name tattooed on his left thigh – told his Instagram followers that the wedding will take place “very soon”.

Kyrgios and Nadal face off at Wimbledon on Friday.