The seven-time Grand Slam champion, John McEnroe pointed out on Nick Kyrgios’ impolite remarks for the World Number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic. The Australian brat refused to change his opinion on his fellow colleagues and he stated that he is ‘being honest’ towards them.
“I guess if you look at it from that standpoint, if you are a believer if any press is good press even if it’s bad, you can make that argument. I didn’t hear it. I just saw a few titbits here and there,” McEnroe said.
When Djokovic pours out his love to his fans in the stadium as a gesture of expressing his gratitude towards them, Nick Kyrgios labels that act to be ‘cringeworthy’ and he also associated Rafael Nadal as ‘super salty’.
“If you say, Novak, he’s too busy waving to the crowd, is that the best you can come up with him? That he has decided to turn to all four parts of the stadium? I mean come on! Doesn’t he deserve it since he has won 15 Slams? He can do whatever the hell he wants,” McEnroe added.
World Number 39, Nick Kyrgios played under the captaincy of the American legend during the Laver Cup. And McEnroe feels that the 24-year-old Australian would regret upon his actions which he has committed in the past.
“We all think about that. No matter how well you do. Do you probably think about what could I have done? Myself included. It would be hard to believe he wouldn’t think. He seems in certain ways not to care what people think. And in certain ways that can be empowering. Says what he says. Alienating yourself it takes some guts in a way to put yourself out there”, McEnroe said.
“He doesn’t need to say what he said about Novak in this podcast, and whatever else he said. People are already talking. He could turn it into tennis hypothetically and he still people would talk about him. There are people in Rome watching, they are interested in seeing him. After the top couple of guys, I am guessing the fourth or fifth most desirable guy to watch on the men’s tour is him. Well, I have talked with him,” McEnroe added.
Despite his misbehavior on the tennis courts, McEnroe addresses Nick Kyrgios as a nice guy. “Nick is a good guy. I think the people around him like him. People like him. The players like him. They don’t like what he does on the court sometimes. I don’t think he could even say, ‘I like the fact that I try half the time’. I mean how could anyone think that’s ultimate… that’s just me… I don’t think it just has to be him. I wasn’t known as the easiest person to deal with,” John McEnroe said.
The American veteran mentioned that he is a special talent which tennis has and his matches are significantly followed by tennis fans. “So, to me, that person has to be ready to embrace whoever that is. They have to be willing to listen to the person. If you are not going to listen, he is doing what he wants to do. He’s 24 years old. He brings an electricity to tennis. That’s why everyone is trying to figure a way to work through this so he can get to a place where he can go out and feel free to compete and give the effort.”
Nick Kyrgios felicitated Andy Murray when he received the Knighthood title at Buckingham Palace. And the German Grand Slam champion, Boris Becker replied his congratulatory message which said, “Nick …Whenever u wanna talk to somebody who went through hell…talk to an inmate.”
After Nick Kyrgios’ defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime at Queen’s, he was fined £14,000 for his unsportsmanlike acts on the court during both his matches on Thursday.