“I Don’t Know Why He Said That” – Daria Gavrilova Slams Nick Kyrgios

Published 05/31/2020, 7:09 AM EDT

Roger Federer recently floated an idea of merging the ATP and WTA tours to help tennis steer through the coronavirus pandemic. While the Swiss maestro received widespread support from the tennis community, Nick Kyrgios was one of the few to speak out against the merger plan through a couple of tweets.

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However, the Australian star did not explain why the two associations should not join forces. Former World No.20 Daria Gavrilova also took a dig at Kyrgios for not explaining himself.

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“I don’t really talk to Nick Kyrgios” – Daria Gavrilova

Gavrilova explained that Kyrgios has all the right to have his opinion. However, he should be able to convey his message with a proper reason.

“Well, I don’t really talk to him. Only if I see him at tournaments. I don’t know why he said that,” Gavrilova told the Metro.

“But also, when you have your opinion, you really have to articulate yourself well. You can’t just tweet something and then not think people are going to want to hear from you more or they might even argue with you,” she continued.

Gavrilova also elucidated that a lot of players sometimes just tweet something and think “yeah, that’s it” but it’s never it. She explained that one is going to hear about it in the press conferences and stuff like that. Subsequently, Daria revealed that sometimes she also wants to say something but she can’t deal with all of it.

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Gavrilova also believes that a lot of players are just scared to share their opinion. However, at the same time, she thinks that a lot of players are just actually not even interested in the business side and are just happy with playing tennis.

“Kyrgios, when he does something controversial, actually I can relate to him. I might not go as crazy but I just can’t be bothered tweeting about it or writing about it. And I’m like, “who cares about your opinion?”. But then sometimes it’s something you say and it’ll haunt you forever,” she concluded.

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Kyrgios and Gavrilova have a rocky relationship. Earlier, Kyrgios had slammed Daria for her on-court outburst at the Mexican Open 2018. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to know the reason why Kyrgios is against the ATP-WTA merger.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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