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Nick Kyrgios posts cryptic Instagram story featuring number 74 and a padlock as he cops huge fine

Nick Kyrgios posts a cryptic Instagram story featuring the number 74 and a padlock in memory of the family tragedy that motivates him at Wimbledon – as he faces a HUGE fine for spitting scandal

  • Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios, 27, has uploaded a heartfelt post to Instagram
  • Was a touching tribute to Kyrgios’ grandmother, Julianah Foster, who passed away in 2014
  • At Wimbledon on Thursday, Kyrgios beat Filip Krajinovic in straight sets
  • Next will face Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday for a spot in the fourth round

Nick Kyrgios posted a cryptic Instagram story featuring the number 74 and a padlock in a heartfelt tribute to his late grandmother Julianah Foster.

She died in 2014 – at the age of 74 – and Kyrgios, 27, has a tattoo on his middle figure as a permanent reminder of the lady who was ‘a big part of his life’.

When she passed, a raucous Kyrgios had been on a massive killer run at Wimbledon and had reached the quarter-finals.

In the fourth round, he stunned the then world number one Rafael Nadal – but not saying goodbye to his beloved grandmother is a regret Kyrgios will always carry.

“The week she died I was supposed to go see her with mom, but I was pretty busy at home,” Kyrgios said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in 2015.

‘In the end I didn’t see her as often as I would have liked. But I’m sure I could have just taken a day off to see her. That will stay with me.’

Nick Kyrgios posted a cryptic Instagram story featuring the number 74 and a padlock - a heartfelt tribute to his late grandmother Julianah Foster

Nick Kyrgios posted a cryptic Instagram story featuring the number 74 and a padlock – a heartfelt tribute to his late grandmother Julianah Foster

Kyrgios' grandmother died in 2014 - at the age of 74 - and Kyrgios, 27, has a tattoo on his middle figure as a permanent reminder of the lady who was 'a big part of his life' (pictured, in action at Wimbledon) on Thursday)

Kyrgios’ grandmother died in 2014 – at the age of 74 – and Kyrgios, 27, has a tattoo on his middle figure as a permanent reminder of the lady who was ‘a big part of his life’ (pictured, in action at Wimbledon) on Thursday)

Kyrgios added that Julianah was a “big part of his life” and the ink reflects the close bond they shared.

The 27-year-old has mixed his good form and outrageous behavior at Wimbledon this year and caused a storm of controversy when he spat at the fans during his first round match against Paul Jubb.

He has been fined $10,000 ($14,520) for unsportsmanlike conduct – easily the largest fine of the 14 players punished at the tournament so far this year.

On Thursday, Kyrgios entered the third round after beating 26th seeded Filip Krajinovic.

Needing just 85 minutes on court, the Canberran defeated his Serbian opponent in straight sets.

The performance contrasted sharply with his controversial first round win.

“I felt like it was a bit of a statement,” Kyrgios told the Tennis Channel after the game after outclassing Krajinovic.

“I’m just tired of the media now. They’re just aiming for all my matches. So today was about just being locked up.

“I joked with them (reporters) that ‘you don’t have anything to write about today’.”

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On Thursday at the All England Club, Kyrgios entered the third round after beating 26th-seeded Filip Krajinovic in straight sets

On Thursday at the All England Club, Kyrgios entered the third round after beating 26th-seeded Filip Krajinovic in straight sets

He also stated to the court in an interview that his sparkling effort on the pitch showed that he is “pretty good at tennis.”

During his press conference, Kyrgios added: “I just feel like sometimes people don’t give me the respect because of other things I do.

“There was just nothing the media could tell me that I did wrong today.

“All I know is that you can’t possibly ask me anything and shake anything up. And I love it, because then you can’t write anything.

‘What are you going to say? Nothing today. Stunned, all of you.’

Kyrgios was pushed to his limits in his first round match against Briton Paul Jubb (pictured)

Kyrgios was pushed to the limit in his first round match against Briton Paul Jubb (pictured)

On Friday, it emerged that Wimbledon officials have fined Kyrgios $14,400 after he admitted to spitting at ‘disrespectful’ spectators who tried to pep him up when he played Jubb.

Kyrgios will face fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday night (AEST) for a spot in the fourth round.

The Aussie will also not play doubles with good mate Thanasi Kokkinakis, as Kyrgios was not interested in best of five sets.

“I think it’s the dumbest thing ever, to be honest,” he said. ‘I am a single player. My priority has always been singles.’

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