‘Some of Them Can Be True’: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens Up on Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic Feud

Published 02/09/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on during in his fourth round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)


The Australian Open is underway in full swing, and so is the chatter between Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic. The issue has blown up so much that reporters are now asking other ATP stars to offer their comments on the squabble. So what did Stefanos Tsitsipas have to say? 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas is in no way related to the war of words between Kyrgios and Djokovic. However, Tsitsipas had once said that people can either like Kyrgios’ personality or just plainly hate him, and there’s no in-between. 

Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

This comment certainly aged well, and some fans even agreed with Tsitsipas’ assessment of Nick Kyrgios. However, the Greek player was asked to deliver a similar statement on Novak Djokovic as well! 

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“I don’t know I cannot answer this. I don’t have enough feedback from people and I have better things to do. Honestly, I don’t know. With Kyrgios it’s much less transparent, I think,” 22-year-old Tsitsipas replied. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas gives added opinion about Nick Kyrgios and his feud with Novak Djokovic

Tsitsipas just can’t afford to divert his mind to what Kyrgios and Djokovic are doing. When asked about his views on the ongoing war of words, he simply mentioned that “they can do whatever they want.”

But the former Australian Open semi-finalist dived a bit into the details on what he thinks about Nick Kyrgios’ antics:

“From a tennis player perspective, I mean Nick likes to say things sometimes and some of them can be true, some of them can cross the line and be too much,” Tsitsipas said. 

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his Men’s Singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas credited Kyrgios for carrying an unfiltered brain and delivering statements that are just raw and straight out of the mind. However, there’s also the other side of the coin that Tsitsipas is well and truly aware of. 

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“There are many stupid things that he did in the past and I’m sure he’s aware of and obviously, you know, can’t deny them. And there are a few things he has said in interviews and quotations and headlines that could be considered as true so it lies somewhere in between,” Tsitsipas mentioned. 

It was evident that Stefanos Tsitsipas didn’t want to get into unwanted trouble by making explicit statements about Novak Djokovic. He’s at Melbourne to play a Grand Slam and wants to steer clear of any controversial statements. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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