“Bit of a Stretch”: Nick Kyrgios Rejects Bernard Tomic Comparisons

Published 12/14/2021, 1:41 AM EST
Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic would be the players to watch out from the biggest Australian contigent ever at the Wimbledon


Nick Kyrgios just took to Instagram to clear out the air about comparisons between him and Bernard Tomic. Earlier today, Bernard Tomic had said to fans that he was ‘better than Nick Kyrgios’.

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Kyrgios, currently busy training for the upcoming Australian Open, was just fresh out of the gym when he responded. He talked about the claims Tomic made and then proceeded to compare himself with his fellow Australian star.

Nick Kyrgios has more scalps than Tomic

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Nick Kyrgios attempts a shot between his legs during the first set of his match against Team Europe player Stefanos Tsitsipas at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Richard Cashin-USA TODAY Sports

Through an ‘Ask-Me-Anything’ post on his Instagram, Bernard Tomic entertained fans’ questions. Thus, when one fan asked if he thought himself better than Nick Kyrgios, Tomic didn’t shy from answering.

“Yeah, obviously Nick’s a good player, I mean top 6, 7 servers in the world. But I obviously beat him in Kooyong, a couple years back. (His) sort of style (of play) doesn’t really bother me,” Tomic replied. Of course, he is referring to the only time the two have played each other, at the Kooyong Classic exhibition match.

Nick Kyrgios was quick to fire back, beginning his own string of story posts on Instagram in response. He talked about how he has had many people commenting to bring his attention to Tomic’s words.

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Kyrgios stressed the Kooyong exhibition match, emphasizing that it was an exhibition. Clearly, he insinuated that he was not trying to win, since it was just that- an exhibition match for the fans. Furthermore, he then scathingly digs into Tomic’s professional record against him. “But to say that he’s better? I have more titles.” Kyrgios has won 6 titles on the ATP Tour, as compared to Tomic’s 4.

He then talks about their individual head-to-heads against the Big Three of tennis. “I don’t think he’s got any big scalp to his name. No Rafa, no Roger, no Djokovic.” Kyrgios, on the other hand, has the enviable record of beating all of the ‘Big 3’ in his first appearance against them.

Driving his point home, Kyrgios says, “To say that he is better than me is a bit of stretch.”

Kyrgios wishes Tomic the best for the next season

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates victory after winning the Men’s Final match against Ryan Harrison of the USA during day eight of the 2018 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 7, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios shows his classy side by then praising Bernard Tomic. “We all know what BT (Tomic) is capable of. I wish him the best. I am no jealous person, I want success for everyone.”

Wishing him luck for next year, Kyrgios finishes, “So BT, we know what you’re capable of brother. Let’s see it, good luck man.” Who do you think is the better player between Kyrgios and Tomic?

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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