Wimbledon custom Kyrgios wants to be demolished

It is a common feature of Wimbledon since the Victorian era, but Nick Kyrgios would like to see the All England Club scrap its iconic dress code.

When participating in Wimbledon, all players must be dressed in “appropriate tennis attire that is almost entirely white”. This applies from the moment an athlete enters the area surrounding the field.

Associated with class and wealth, the rule was originally implemented to hide sweat stains that were considered inappropriate in the 1800s.

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But Kyrgios would like to trade his tennis white for something more his own style.

Addressing the media at a pre-tournament press conference, wearing a black hoodie and cap, Kyrgios said he would like to see the tradition-loving Grand Slam adjust its dress requirements.

“Of course I always want to wear all-back, but I don’t think anything is going to change,” he said.

“I think it would be cool to allow a black headband or a black sweatband, I think it looks cool, but of course Wimbledon doesn’t really care what looks cool.

“So yeah, I don’t think it will ever change”.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 version of the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament.

When does Wimbledon start?

The action at the All England Club kicks off on Monday, June 27, with Nine’s opening round coverage starting at 9:40 PM AEST.

Play begins on the outdoor courts at 8:00 PM AEST and on the #1 court at 10:00 PM. The center court game starts at 10:30 PM, with the exception of the final weekend when play starts at 11 PM.

The tournament lasts 14 days and ends on Sunday 10 July.

How can I watch Wimbledon in Australia?

You can tune in to Channel 9 and 90, 9Gem (channel 92) and 9Go (channel 93) to see how the main matches are broadcast on free-to-air television.

You can also live stream every match on 9Now and Stan Sports

Who is sown where?

Men’s draw:

1. Novak Djokovic (SER)

2. Rafael Nadal (SPA)

3. Casper Ruud (NOR)

4. Stefanos Tsitsipas

5. Carlos Alcaraz (SPA)

6. Felix Auger Aliassime (FRA)

7. Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

8. Matteo Berrettini (IT)

9. Cameron Norrie (ENG)

10. Jannik Sinner (ITA)

19. Alex de Minaur (AUS)

Women’s draw:

1. Iga Swiatek (POL)

2. Anett Kontaveit (EST)

3. Our Jabeur (TUN)

4. Paula Badosa (SPA)

5. Maria Sakkari (GRE)

6. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

7. Danielle Collins (US)

8. Jessica Pegula (US)

9. Garbine Muguruza (SPA)

10. Emma Raducanu (ENG)

Men’s doubles draw:

11. Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

Who will the Aussies play in the opening round?

While we’re still processing Ash Barty’s sudden retirement, there are plenty of Aussies taking to the grass, including six qualifiers – most of which have accomplished the feat in 27 years.

Jason Kubler vs Daniel Evans (ENG)

Max Purcell vs Adrian Mannarino (FRE)

Alex De Minaur vs Hugo Dellien (BOL)

Nick Kyrgios vs Paul Jubb (ENG)

Jordan Thompson vs Roberto Carballes Baena (SPA)

James Duckworth vs Andy Murray (ENG)

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Kamil Majchrzak (POL)

Alexei Popyrin against Hugo Gaston (FRA)

John Millman vs Miomir Kecmanovic (SER)

Maddison Inglis against Dalma Galfi (HUN)

Astra Sharma vs Tatiana Maria (GER)

Jaimee Fourlis vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Zoe Hives against Maria Sakkari (GRE)

Ajla Tomljanovic against Jil Teichmann (SWI)

Daria Saville vs Viktoriya Tomova (BUL)

Who will win Wimbledon?

With number 1 in the world Daniil Medvedev absent because of Wimbledon’s ban on Russian players and number 2 in the world Alexander Zverev injured, Novak Djokovic is the all-time favorite for the men’s title at $1.80, ahead of Matteo Berretini ($6.00), Rafael Nadal ($8.00) and Hubert Hurkacz ($13. 00).

Aussie Nick Kyrgios is considered an opportunity at $23.00.

While in the women’s draw, Iga Swiatek is tipped to take the win for $2.40, with Ons Jabeur ($9.00), Petra Kvitova ($12.00) and Cori Gauff ($13.00) also highly fancied.

Serena Williams, in her long-awaited return to tennis, is trading $21.00.

How much prize money will the winners take with them?

Total prize money for Wimbledon this year is just over £40.35 million ($61.60 million AUD) – a 15 per cent increase over the tournament offerings in 2021.

The winners of the singles competitions will each earn £2 million ($3.05 million), a significant increase from the £1.7 million ($2.60 million) raised in 2021 by champions Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty in 2021 .

First round losers shouldn’t worry either, they can still expect to raise more than £50,000 ($76,000).

Australia’s Special Ks is looking forward to a £540,000 ($824,000) share of the doubles.

Will Wimbledon be played on real grass?

Yes, the tournament takes place on natural grass – 100 percent perennial ryegrass to be exact.

Traditionally, the middle Sunday of competition has been designated as a rest day to work on track condition, but this year the game continues with planners confident that surface quality will not be compromised.

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