Wimbledon men’s final: Kyrgios and Djokovic agreed on a post-match dinner and “the winner pays the bill”

Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios, the two men’s Wimbledon finalists on Sunday, plan to meet for dinner at a restaurant and the winner will pay the bill, the couple announced on Instagram.

The temperamental Aussie and often dominant Serbian, who is aiming for a seventh English grass title and a 21st Grand Slam, has not always been on the best of terms. “It took you five years to say something good about me,” Djokovic joked on the social network.

“But I protected you when it mattered,” Kyrgios, one of the few players who publicly supported Nole, replied when he refused to take the COVID vaccine and was therefore excluded from the Australian Open in early 2022 after two weeks disputes.

“You did it, I appreciate it,” Djokovic replied.

“Now we are friends?” the Australian replied. “If you invite me for a drink or dinner, I accept. PS The winner of tomorrow pays,” the Serb concluded.

“Agreed, let’s go to a nightclub and go crazy,” Kyrgios suggested, possibly referring to a shirtless photo of Djokovic in a Belgrade nightclub in June 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the time, Kyrgios criticized Djokovic for hosting a series of tournaments in Serbia despite the pandemic, calling the move “stupid”. Then he unexpectedly supported the Serb during the saga that ended with his expulsion from Australia.

Since then, as Kyrgios put it, there has been a “bromance” between the two men.

The Australian, ranked 40th in the world, did not make it to Wimbledon and before this tournament he had never even reached the semi-finals of the Grand Slam – one of the four largest tournaments in tennis.

Djokovic, seeded #1 and currently ranked third in the world, has not won either of the two previous meetings between the two. Both of Kyrgios’ victories came on hard courts in 2017.

“One thing is for sure, both players will be full of emotion,” Djokovic said after beating Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the semi-finals.