What would tennis be without a little flavor? Nick Kyrgios is usually in charge of seasoning the tournaments, and since the beginning of the season, he has had an intense discussion with Novak Djokovic, the world number 1.
Their disagreements are not recent, but they did gain strength at the Australian Open. The Australian has always been characterized by having an explosive character and being irreverent, something that came to light in the last hours.
When Kyrgios came out on Court 3 with Thanasi Kokkinakis to play the second round of the Grand Slam in doubles, Nole took the opportunity to mock him by imitating the Serbian’s movements.
Djokovic is used to raising his arms and putting them to his chest as if giving his heart to the fans in the stands. Even with the door closed and a practically empty arena, Nick Kyrgios did the same and then warmed up.
In the end, the Australian and his partner were eliminated from the Grand Slam, and when questioned about the mockery, he assured that the intention of his gestures” was simply to feel the love of the public .”
What else happens between Kyrgios and Djokovic?
If you wonder why Nick Kyrgios took the opportunity to laugh at the Serbian, we will go back to June 2020. The differences between these tennis players increased when the Bad Boy of the ATP criticized the Adria Tour’s organization, led by the Serbian.
Coronavirus infections and null sanitary measures marked that tournament. In addition, Djokovic talked about by appearing at a party alongside other players like Alexander Zverev.
Since then, Kyrgios has been annoyed with Djokovic’s actions and set a different example by supporting Canberra citizens who were unable to buy food or household items in the early months of the pandemic.
The Australian took advantage of the first Grand Slam of the year to remember this situation. Nole declared that he does not respect Kyrgios off the court, and Kyrgios responded at a press conference.
“I think it would make a lot of sense to me if he said ‘look, I don’t respect the guy on the court,’ because I understand that he doesn’t agree with my antics. He’s a great tennis player, but someone who’s partying shirtless during a pandemic, I don’t know if I can take something from that man, “he said.
In the same conference, the number 47 in the ATP ranking said that neither Djokovic nor Nadal is on a par with Roger Federer, whom he considers the best tennis player of all time.
As if that were not enough, the Bad Boy left another hint for the defending Australian Open champion. In a post on Taylor Fritz’s Instagram, Nick referenced Novak’s injuries, who didn’t even train before facing Milos Raonic.
“I’m going to take a quick medical time Fritzy, I’ll be back in two hours,” he wrote sarcastically.