Nick Kyrgios's fans showing support with Vegemite covered faces

Monday July 6th, 2015

Nick Kyrgios's fans back in Australia put together an odd show of support for the tennis star as he prepared for his Round of 16 match against Richard Gasquet on Monday.

Kyrgios got a message from a fan on Facebook promising the world No. 29 that he would cover his face in Vegemite if he got a response.

The offer was too goo to pass up, and Kyrgios responded, promising to post a photo on his page, which set off a new trend among Australian tennis fans of putting the country's beloved vegetable paste all over their faces to show support.

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I get some pretty awesome support messages from my fans every day, but this one seriously is up there. Loyal support from home! #AustralianFans #Vegemite

Posted by Nick Kyrgios on Saturday, July 4, 2015

So this has sort of taken off... fans covering their faces in weird and wonderful stuff, this time delicious Nutella while sending me positive vibes. #blessed #support

Posted by Nick Kyrgios on Saturday, July 4, 2015

And another! This time the whole family! Inspire people, bring smiles, play my game. #support

Posted by Nick Kyrgios on Sunday, July 5, 2015

While Kyrgios's idea is funny as a concept, the photos show it may not have been the best of ideas, as some pointed out on Twitter.

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It turns out the vegetal facemasks were not enough, as Kyrgios fell to Gasquet on Monday morning in four sets.




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