In what has been the most surprising upset in The Championships at Wimbledon so far, 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios — playing in his first singles appearance at the All England Club — stunned everyone who knows anything about tennis by defeating Rafael Nadal, who is arguably the best clay court player in history and was the world No. 1 entering into the tournament, in four sets. The final score, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, might be underselling how onesided the match looked in real time, which saw Nadal playing a step slow and a breath short for the majority of their exchanges.
While Nadal’s continual struggles at Wimbledon (after winning it all in 2010 and returning to the finals in ’11, Nadal hasn’t come close to victory since) are a bummer, Kyrgios’ meteoric rise is not. Blessed by Rod Laver — the best tennis player to hail from Australia, as well as the name on one of the coolest pair of Adidas ever made — the new Australian phenom is slated to crack the world 100 whatever else he accomplishes in this tournament. But who is he? What does he do? What else is there to him?
As you might expect for a 19 year old, we can’t exactly delve into a well-developed resume of past accomplishments. That said, there are things to learn about Nick Kyrgios, and we aim to elucidate what those are.