Nick Kyrgios is in the Wimbledon final for the first time in his career.
The 27-year-old Australian athlete advanced by walkover after Rafael Nadal pulled out of Friday’s scheduled semi-final through injury. The latest series of events follows a dramatic week for Kyrgios, who has been accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari.
Amid the recent controversy, Kyrgios is leaning on his current girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi.
Hatzi, a Sydney-based blogger and influencer, has been dating Kyrgios for several months and the couple went public with their romance in December 2021. She has traveled with him to various tournaments this year including Wimbledon.
On Wednesday, a day after News.com.au reported that Kyrgios was charged with assault, Hatzi attended a training session with the controversial athlete, who wasn’t shy about packing the PDA. Later in the day, she cheered for him at the All England Club where he defeated Cristian Garin of Chile to advance to the semifinals.
“Semifinals of Wimbledon,” enthused Hatzi in an Instagram story. “So proud of you @kingkyrgios.”
Hatzi, who has nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, has also posted tributes to Kyrgios throughout the tournament, including one from last weekend.
“First week at Wimbledon & it was a success,” she posted on Sunday, to which Kyrgios replied: “Let’s start this thing over!! I love you boo 😍❤️💍.”
Kyrgios has used the ring emoji in reference to Hatzi on numerous occasions, fueling rumors that the two were engaged. In a May interview with The Daily Telegraph, Kyrgios explained that Hatzi was “definitely the one”.
“I’m in love with her and she’s an amazing person,” Kyrgios said. “We go through ups and downs together, but I love her more than anything.”
Prior to his relationship with Hatzi, Kyrgios started dating Passari in July 2020. The pair split last October after a dispute that led to a police visit to their Adelaide hotel.
Kyrgios, ranked 40th in the world, faces a court in Canberra, Australia, next month. The combined charge of assault carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.