Bernard Tomic Continues Verbal Spat With Nick Kyrgios, ‘Those Sorts of Styles of Play Really Don’t Bother’

Published 12/24/2021, 12:43 AM EST
Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic would be the players to watch out from the biggest Australian contigent ever at the Wimbledon


The two riveting Australian tennis players, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, are never too far from the headlines. Tomic has been known for his irreverent behavior on the tour and Kyrgios is one of the most entertaining players in the men’s game, never afraid to speak his mind. Over the past couple of weeks, the duo have engaged in a not-so-friendly back and forth with each other.

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When asked to comment on whether he’d beat Kyrgios, Tomic confidently claimed, “for sure”. To make his point, he cited his records against players with a similar style like Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey, and Ivo Karlovic.

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Bernard Tomic reacts to playing against Nick Kyrgios

The rivalry between Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic is becoming increasingly heated. The feud began when Tomic responded to a ‘Ask me anything‘ question on Instagram about whether he’s better than Nick. Tomic had then stated that Nick’s style of play didn’t really bother him.

Nick responded in kind, claiming via his Instagram story that he has more titles than the 29-year-old and that the comparisons were “a bit of a stretch.”

Australian Nick Kyrgios discusses a call with the chair umpire during a match | Credits: TODAY Sports

Recently, in a podcast, Tomic was asked about the budding rivalry with Kyrgios.

Tomic said, “For sure (I can beat him), don’t get me wrong, Nick is really good, one of the top five-six servers in the world. But just the sort of style he plays is I don’t mind. I’ve got a great record against guys like Kevin Anderson, who was three in the world, finals of Wimbledon, probably in the US Open about four years ago.” 

Tomic went on to name other athletes on the ATP Tour who are known for their strong serves like Sam Querrey and Ivo Karlovic.

Talking about getting past Nick, he said, “So those sorts of styles of play really don’t bother me. And I’ve played Nick many many times so becomes just comfortable once you get used to where he serves at, it’s a lot easier. “

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Kyrgios and Tomic’s comparison

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Nick Kyrgios has bagged 6 ATP titles in his professional career so far, however, Bernard Tomic has achieved just 4. In addition, Kyrgios possess a noteworthy record of beating “The Big Three” in his first appearance against them and holds a positive head-to-head record against Novak Djokovic.

Nick and Bernard have only faced each other in exhibition matches where Bernard has gotten the better of his Australian counterpart. A match between the two would certainly turn heads.

Aug 9, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a ball to Reilly Opelka of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

On a positive note, Nick Kyrgios will soon be making his tour comeback at the ATP 250 in Melbourne. This will be his first competition since Laver Cup 2021.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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