Nick Kyrgios after watching Novak Djokovic’s Capoeira training video

Turns out the “official bromance” between Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic was indeed official and not just a one-off show. The two players, who have repeatedly engaged in a war of words in the past, have mended their differences since the Australian openly backed the world No.6 during his expulsion from Down Under earlier this year.

After Rafael Nadal had to pull out of Wimbledon 2022 due to injury a day before he was supposed to face Kyrgios in the semi-finals, the 27-year-old received a surprise and reached a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career. He was joined by the Serbian star who was aiming for his 21st Major and achieved it beating Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3).

There were multiple friendly exchanges between the finalists before and after the match, when Djokovic declared their relationship an “official bromance”. Over the past two weeks, the 35-year-old has shared three videos of himself engrossed in Capoeira training.

Capoeira is a form of Afro-Brazilian martial arts that includes dance, music, and acrobatics, and is known for instilling discipline, self-defense, and physical fitness.

After seeing Djokovic attempt reverse kicks with his hands on the floor and a few other moves in the video, Kyrgios couldn’t resist commenting on his Instagram post. The Australian joked that he would be in trouble if Capoeira were to win a Grand Slam.

“If you tell me this is what it takes to win a slam, then I’m in trouble,” Kyrgios wrote.

Nick Kyrgios returns to action at the Citi Open

Nick Kyrgios is about to start his US Open tour
Nick Kyrgios is about to start his US Open tour

Nick Kyrgios is preparing for his US Open series at the Citi Open, where he will face world No. 53 Marcos Giron of America. Although the Australian is ranked lower than Giron (No. 63), he will start the match as a favorite, based on his current form.

Kyrgios was supposed to start his North American tour last week in Atlanta, but moments before his first match against Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk, the Aussie announced his withdrawal from the event, citing a knee injury. However, he was praised for addressing and apologizing to spectators who had come to see him play before leaving the venue.

“First of all I want to say I’m extremely upset that I can’t compete tonight. I won this tournament once and I’m probably playing some of the best tennis of my career and everything I wanted do was come here and give you a show. But I’m not able to give my best performance today and I’m just extremely sorry,” Kyrgios said.

Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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