Tennis glamour girl Emma Raducanu has enraged her fans by tweeting her support for Nick Kyrgios after he defeated Cristian Garin on Wednesday night to advance to the Wimbledon semi-finals.
The 19-year-old Brit simply tweeted ‘NK’ with a magician’s wand emoji after the star Aussie beat Garin in straight sets, with a blockbuster clash against Rafael Nadal awaiting him in the semi finals on Friday night.
Many Raducanu’s Twitter followers, of which there is over 656,000, did not agree with her public show of support for Kyrgios given the recent allegations he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend late last year.
Kyrgios has been summoned the ACT Magistrates Court on August 2 to address allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, model Chiara Passari, which she brought to the attention of police in December 2021.
British glamour girl Emma Raducanu has many sponsors in addition to her tennis career
Kyrgios re-tweeted, writing ‘Appreciate the support!’ to Raducanu, who bombed out of Wimbledon in the second round after a thrashing at the hands of Caroline Garcia.
In addition to the serious allegations he must face when he returns to Australia, Kyrgios has also copped multiple fines during the tournament for incidents including spitting in the direction of a spectator.
Many fans were quick to condemn Raducanu’s support of Kyrgios, with one writing it showed ‘poor judgement’, while another simply said, ‘Are you kidding me, Emma?’
Others indicated it was ‘not too late to delete the tweet’, and another wrote it was a ‘really bad call’ for her to make the gesture.
Kyrgios has publicly stuck up for Raducanu before, and said as much in the press conference after his quarter final win.
‘I haven’t had much communication with Emma before. I feel like I’ve kind of stuck up for her a bit in the media with, you know, kind of some of the stuff that older legends kind of love to just throw shade and have their opinions on young players – young, important players,’ he said.
Emma Raducanu during her second-round loss to Caroline Garcia. The Aussie star has stuck up for her in the past and mentioned that after his quarter final win
Nick Kyrgios (pictured after his win over Cristian Garin) was sick of past legends of the game ‘throwing shade’ on young players like Raducanu
Kyrgios then went on to say she is ‘going to be one of the most important players on the WTA tour for a very long time’.
‘She’s obviously capable of winning a Grand Slam at 19, I mean, I don’t even know how old she is exactly, 19 I think, but I’m glad that I have those supporters and I’m happy,’ he said.
‘If she loves watching my tennis, that’s great and I enjoy watching her tennis as well.’
Emma Raducanu is sponsored by luxury carmaker Porsche
Raducanu is currently ranked 11th in the world, after sensationally winning the 2021 US Open last year without dropping a set.
She is perhaps just as well known for her social media and high-profile endorsements as her tennis ability.
The Brit has sponsorship deals with nine brands, including Porsche, Tiffany and Dior.
Nick Kyrgios collapses on the ground in relief after winning his quarter-final on Wednesday
Kyrgios will now enjoy a well-earned rest day before the biggest match of his career: a semi-final against the legendary Rafael Nadal, with the winner to take on either Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie in the final on Sunday night.
He will then have to prepare to face the ACT Magistrates Court on August 2 to answer the allegations brought against him by Passari.
Nick Kyrgios (right) is facing allegations of an alleged assault against Chiara Passari (left)
Kyrgios’s barrister Jason Moffett, from Key Chambers, told The Canberra Times his client was aware of the allegation, which were ‘in the context of a domestic relationship’.
‘The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously,’ he added.