The dance that won over Wimbledon

Australia's Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain. Picture: AFP

Australia's Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain. Picture: AFP

Forget Dancing With The Stars and other versions of reality television, for drama and dance moves usually seen in pubs an hour before last call, one cannot look past the world of professional tennis.

Australians have a reputation for being some of the biggest show ponies on the world stages of Roland Garros, Rod Laver Arena and the All England Club thanks to the likes of Lleyton Hewitt yelling “c’mon” and Pat Cash's black and white checked headband and cross earring. However on Wednesday morning all eyes were on Canberran Nick Kyrgios who, with his stunning four-set victory over world number one Rafael Nadal, commanded Australia’s full attention with his “juicy wiggle” and fashion forward hair do.

Kyrgios’ G-rated celebratory dance was a welcome relief from a sporting landscape which has been overrun with behavioural issues like biting and bubbling recently.

“It just something me and the boys made up and do sometimes,” he told Channel Seven after the match.

The “juicy wiggle”, best described as a side-to-side jumping jack while pumping your hands and arms in the air, is the latest dance move to come out of the tennis world.

The 19-year-old’s jig, which is more creative than Hewitt’s trademarked vicht salute and his impression of the “lawnmower”, follows many unique post-match performances by today’s tennis stars.

Blame it on a build-up of lactic acid or just a version of stress relief following three or five gruelling sets but Serena Williams enjoys hopping around like a rabbit when she wins (or smashing things should she lose), reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is a fan of performing a version of yoga move the Child’s Pose while Novak Djokovic has been known to rip off his t-shirt like an extra from Magic Mike and roar like a lion after a win. Meanwhile Russian number one Mikhail Youzhny hams it up for the crowd by spinning his racquet around his finger like a set of keys before raising it above his head and acknowledging every section of the stadium with a military style salute, a move which may be an homage to his father, who was a Soviet army colonel.

Certain players who choose to dance like no one is watching and allow music to infiltrate their game include German rising star Andrea Petkovic, who can can-can like she’s at the Moulin Rouge, and world number eight Victoria Azarenka, who skipped and waved her hands in the air at the presentation ceremony of the 2011 Luxembourg Open and re-enacted Gangnam Style during an exhibition match in Thailand last year.

Azarenka also had her rumoured boyfriend, LMFAO singer Redfoo, join her at many post match press conferences throughout the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The X Factor Australia judge also gatecrashed and subsequently hijacked an interview following her win at the 2013 Australian Open.

Channel Seven commentator Hamish McLachlan, who asked the tennis pro if she would be spending her $2.43 million prizemoney on “shoes and bags”, went on to quiz Redfoo about how the couple would be celebrating instead of directing questions to Azarenka about the match where she defeated China’s Li Na.

"We party,” Azarenka said.

“Yeah we bring out the bottles,” Redfoo said, plugging his new single of the same name before commending her musical skills and hinted she may become his pianist in the off-season.

“Pianist isn't a dirty word you know,” he told McLachlan as the Belarusian beauty giggled.

Given the twice grand slam champ was eliminated in the second round of Wimbledon last week after trying to return to the circuit following a foot injury which sidelined her for three-months, all eyes are on Kyrgios to provide the moves like Jagger on centre court. 

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