WATCH: Nick Kyrgios Takes a Dig at Novak Djokovic by Mocking His ‘Cringeworthy’ Celebration

Published 02/14/2021, 4:16 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


The 2015 Australian Open quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios got knocked out of the season’s first Grand Slam event, losing to Austrian star Dominic Thiem in the third round. Nonetheless, the Australian player entertained fans thoroughly during his short stint at the Australian Open this year.  

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After his exit from the singles category, Nick took part in the doubles event too. He partnered with compatriot and friend, Thanasi Kokkinakis.

They won their initial match against Lloyd Harris and Julian Knowle in straight sets. However, they lost their second-round match today. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Kyrgios mocks Novak Djokovic’s celebration at Australian Open 2021

As the players stepped out onto the court today, Nick continued his love-hate affair with Djokovic. Upon arriving on the court, Kyrgios was seen mocking Novak’s ‘cringeworthy’ celebration, which he does after he wins his match.

Both players have continued their war of words during the tournament this year. Nick has termed Novak a ‘tool’ and even went as far as terming him a ‘strange cat’. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his first round match against France’s Jeremy Chardy REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Djokovic even stated that he doesn’t respect Kyrgios off the tennis court, to which the Australian star took offense. During the pandemic, Novak organized an exhibition tournament, which drew criticism due to the timing at which it was conducted. Kyrgios at that time voiced his opinion, disagreeing heavily with the Serbian superstar. 

Reflecting back to the Australian Open 2021, Djokovic won his third-round match against Taylor Fritz on Friday. During the match, he tore his muscle close to his rib cage.

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After solidifying an initial two-set lead, the American tennis player came back into the match, taking advantage of the Serb’s condition. 

However, Djokovic, being the player he is, found a way to shrug off his pain and recorded the win eventually, stepping up his game in the deciding set. He will take on Canada’s Milos Raonic in the fourth-round later today. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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