They say to never admit defeat. But if, for whatever reason, you do admit defeat, definitely don’t do so before the match has even started.

At the 2019 Fever Tree Championships in London, prior to the start of Nick Kyrgios’ match against Felix Auger-Aliassime, a fan shouted “Come on Felix, you got this!”

“Honestly he probably does,” Kyrgios responded.


What resulted was, without a doubt, one of the weirdest matches in recent memory. Time and time again, Kyrgios found himself in a position to win, but instead of going for the kill, he went for the trickshot.

By my count, Kyrgios hit at least five tweener-volleys, tweener-passing shots, and even tried a between the legs dropper.

Some of them were spectacular. 


While some of them, like this double-tweener attempt at 5-6 deuce in the third set, were indefensibly stupid (assuming Kyrgios was trying to win the match).

It’s difficult to think Kyrgios actually wanted to win the match, especially after telling the stands that FAA will probably win.

In his defense, he was forced to pull double duty that day due to rain delays earlier in the week. Perhaps he was saving his legs for Wimbledon. One has to think that Kyrgios will attempt to win this match on Saturday. But with Nick, you never really know.