“You Know Nothing About Me”: Nick Kyrgios Blasts Martina Navratilova

Published 02/12/2021, 1:15 PM 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


Nick Kyrgios has a polarising personality as far as tennis experts and fans are concerned. His on-court performances at the Australian Open 2021 were commendable, but his antics have made him prone to criticism. But Kyrgios doesn’t care much about others’ opinions.

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Nick Kyrgios in action during his third round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova spoke about Kyrgios on the eve of his match against Dominic Thiem. And with Kyrgios’ ongoing feud with Novak Djokovic, Navratilova had some pertaining questions.

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“As tennis players you get thrust into the adult life early on before you’re really ready for it emotionally and so the emotional growth comes in bits and pieces and it’s delayed really.

“So I think this way, give him a chance maybe to catch up. I don’t know if he’s a good bad guy or a bad good guy,” Navratilova said.

With the above questions on Kyrgios’ emotions and maturity, the player himself responded to it. Writing in all caps, Kyrgios showed his disagreement with Navratilova in a tweet.

“YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ME.”

Martina Navratilova on Nick Kyrgios’ potential

Furthermore, Navratilova admitted that Kyrgios had great potential and has done a lot off the court. However, she opined that Kyrgios will need a coach to realize his true potential.

“We respect his potential more than we respect what he’s done on the tennis court, but off the court he has been a really really good guy.

“Absolutely everybody knows everybody needs a coach. If you want to get the most out of your game, you need a coach.”

Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

On the court, Kyrgios finds himself out of the Australian Open 2021 after a grueling five-setter against Dominic Thiem. Off the court, he has had a war of words with Djokovic.

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Kyrgios called Djokovic out for his suggestions for the Australian Open Bubble. Whereas Djokovic claimed to have no respect for him off the tennis court. Being such a polarising character, its hard for people to refrain from commenting on him.

Do you concur with Navratilova’s assessment of the Australian?

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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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