He threw tantrums. He swore, he argued with the referee, he got into fights with the crowd. But the 27-year-old was vastly outmatched in his first Grand Slam final Novak Djokovic.
Shouting insults at himself and his fans whenever he got frustrated, Kyrgios remained like a cartoon character.
The BBC tactfully trying to silence his microphone whenever the hot-tempered Aussie gave voice. But on several occasions, chief commentator Andrew Castle felt obliged to “apologize for the language” when fruity F-words were thrown around.
Prince William lost his temper with George once or twice during the heated men’s final
Apparently the only spectator shocked by Kyrgios’ rant was eight-year-old George
In a jacket and tie, the third claimant to the throne had to fight his hot head
However, the profanity was not as painful as the prose poem that opened the Beeb report, which described tennis rackets as “light sabers made of catgut”. What? Perhaps the only onlooker who might have been shocked by Kyrgios’ swearing was eight-year-old Prince George, who sat in a seat of honor in the royal box between his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Neatly buttoned in a jacket and tie – the dress code for men in the royal box – the third in line to the throne had to contend with his own hot head. He was spotted wiping his forehead and adjusting his jacket in the scorching Sunday sun at SW19. But in everything he remained dignified – the complete opposite of Bart Simpson.
With his mouth hanging open and his brow furrowed, George seemed to be watching the match intently. He was certainly having more fun than at the Wrinkly Rockers party outside Buckingham Palace during last month’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Who can blame him? Tennis stars are a little closer to their age. Combine Djokovic’s 35 years with Kyrgios’ 27 years and they are still 15 years younger than Sir Rod Stewart, who at 77 is even older than Charles’s grandfather.
Next to George, Kate radiated summer chic in a navy dress with white polka dots.
It happened when Sue Barker shed a tear in her final performance at SW19 with Tim Henman and Billie Jean King
In his first Grand Slam final, 27-year-old Kyrgios was thoroughly outplayed by the Serbian champion
And Prince William looked continental in a pale beige blazer fit for a playboy on the Croisette in Cannes. But the prize for the most attractive costume of the day had to go to Novak’s wife, Elena. In a pink cupcake dress with a huge bow in the back, she looked like she was auditioning for the role of Villanelle in the remake of Killing Eve.
On the court, it was her husband who played the assassin with his eyes closed, punishing every mistake of his opponent with cold, deadly precision. It’s only fitting that while many players hit the ball with explosive grunts and screams, Djokovic rarely makes a sound. The Serbian killer plays as if his racket is equipped with a silencer.
They didn’t say anything about Kyrgios. Serving in the third set, when the match was on a knife edge, he was distracted by a woman in the hall. When the judge asked to identify her, he shouted: “The one in the dress, the one who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks bro!”
Prince George was happy to hold the cup but quickly handed it over to his mother Kate
Prince George is doing his best to remain calm as he watches the proceedings from the royal box
You have to feel a little sorry for the woman. A couple of glasses of champagne on a hot hot day, too many strawberries and suddenly she’s Katie Price. Kyrgios took a long time to recover. By then he had lost the set and, in fact, the match. Djokovic went to a tiebreak in the fourth set and won easily, never seeming to get into full gear.
England club patron Kate Middleton was on hand to present the coveted trophy to Novak
Andrew Castle casually called Djokovic “the greatest player the game has ever seen”, but surely by any standards that title belongs to Nadal – winner of 22 Grand Slams to Novak’s 21 and arguably the winner of the best match . ever played at Wimbledon… 2008 final against Roger Federer. English crowds really do love a lost cause, and the more the match slipped away from Kyrgios, the louder his support grew. One shouted with hope: “Taxi for Djokovic!” but by then he probably had a helicopter ready – ready to take him and Elena to a romantic dinner to celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary.
By the end, Castle was reduced to offering a psychological analysis of Kyrgios’ “complex character.” He compared former greats Ilya Nastase, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors favorably.
Commentators Tim Henman and Todd Woodbridge have largely gone silent. There are so many ways to say, “Djokovic is going to win here.”
At least they did not fall for poetry in prose.