“Strange Cat Novak Is”: Nick Kyrgios Continues War of Words With Novak Djokovic at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/08/2021, 7:21 AM EST
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – MARCH 02: Novak Djokovic of Serbia snakes hands with Nick Kyrgios of Australia after losing the match as part of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel 2017 at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess on March 02, 2017 in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent via Getty Images)


World No.1 Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios have a strange rivalry. On the tennis court, it isn’t a lot fierce, but off the court, both players have had a lot to talk about each other. And now Kyrgios again took a jab at Djokovic, following his first-round victory at the Australian Open 2021.

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In his post-match press conference, Kyrgios went back to Djokovic’s infamous Adria Tour. He took a sly dig at Djokovic for his antics during the Adria Tour.

“He’s a very strange cat Novak is. Heck of a tennis player. But someone who is partying with your shirt off in a pandemic… I don’t think I can take any slack from that man,” Kyrgios said.

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Nick Kyrgios during his first round match against Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy.

Kyrgios has often admitted that Djokovic is a great tennis player, but his off-court antics are not to Kyrgios’ liking. Kyrgios referenced back to the Belgrade nightclub incident where Djokovic was partying with his shirt off.

This happened during the Adria Tour, which was heavily criticized as it was organized during the pandemic.

When Nick Kyrgios called Novak Djokovic a ‘tool’

When Djokovic was serving the Australian Open 2021 quarantine, he sent out a set of suggestions to the authorities for changes in the bubble. This didn’t go down well with a lot of Australians, and Kyrgios was also not happy.

Kyrgios called Djokovic a ‘tool’, an Australian slang meaning ‘idiot’. “Djokovic is a tool. I don’t mind Bernie, but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes,” the Aussie player tweeted.

Djokovic doesn’t pay heed to Kyrgios’ comments. The Serbian even went ahead and said that off the court he has no respect for Kyrgios.

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“I think he is good for the sport, he goes about things in an authentic way. Everyone has a right to express themselves in a way they want. He has a quality to beat everyone. Off the court, I don’t have much respect for him, I’ll leave it at that.”

Novak Djokovic during his group stage match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy.

In the Australian Open 2021 draw, Kyrgios is on the same side as Djokovic, and they could meet in the semifinals. If they do, it will be a very dramatic match.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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