Nick Kyrgios tells reporter 'I do what I want' after defying Wimbledon dress code
Fair play to this reporter for being so upset about a red hat.
Nick Kyrgios hit back at a reporter who questioned his decision to flout Wimbledon's strict all-white dress code by wearing a red hat and trainers on Monday.
Prior to his fourth round win over Brandon Nakashima, the Australian walked out onto Centre Court wearing a red Jordan hat and matching trainers.
Though he changed his footwear before the match started, one reporter was determined to find out why he had chosen to openly defy the rules, which state a player must wear all-white from the moment they enter the court surround.
Asked why he had chosen to walk on in red trainers and be interviewed while wearing a red cap, Kyrgios responded:
"Because I do what I want."
This prompted a string of follow up questions from the same reporter, who asked if this meant he was above the rules.
Kyrgios explained to the reporter he just liked wearing his Jordans, denied that he "moaned" about the controversy that surrounded him at the tournament and ended the exchange by telling the reporter to "keep doing you then champion".
🗣 "Any publicity is good publicity, right?"
Nick Kyrgios was not taking the bait when asked about his attire at #Wimbledon. 🎣❌#BBCTennis pic.twitter.com/3YSeY0zIAr
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 4, 2022
The 27-year-old has already received two fines at this year's tournament and is expected to receive another ticking off for his breach of dress-code regulations.
"I sit here now in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon again and I just know there's so many people that are so upset," he later said. "It's a good feeling."
His win over Nakashima came in five sets, in a contest which was significantly less eventful than his heated encounter with Stefanos Tsitsipas, who later accused him of being "evil" and "a bully".