Nick Kyrgios breaks racquets, makes rackets, and runs a racket


Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon, red cap, red shoes.

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And then came Kyrgios and Wimbledon. Tennis’s trouble is that it sits on its hands. In 1990, John McEnroe was defaulted out of the Australian Open for assailing officials. In 30 intervening years, no-one else has been evicted this way. Like McEnroe, Kyrgios thrives on the tumult he creates. It’s mental disintegration. It’s strategic. And it all gets waved through to the keeper.

Kyrgios doesn’t usually detain us long enough for this to matter. In truth, his exquisite ball-striking aside, most of his schtick on and off…