Over the last few weeks, Australian World No.40 Nick Kyrgios has been actively vocal against the organizers of the Adria Tour. The ill-fated tournament saw multiple athletes, including its organizer, Novak Djokovic, test COVID-19 positive. Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric too contracted the virus.
The tennis world has been divided into two spheres, consisting of those who support Novak and others who condemned his decision to conduct the Adria Tour. Amid such a controversy, Krgios has ensured that not only Djokovic but anyone who supports the Serb also faces the Australian’s wrath.
Recently, the 35-year old posted a throwback video clip on Instagram where he beat the World No.1 Djokovic. The game followed by Nick’s usual aggressive reaction. And the caption of the post is equally aggressive. It reads, “Talk shit but I’m doing what I do, you wouldn’t last if I put you in my shoes”. It’s originally the lyrics of hip-hop artist Jay1’s popular track.
It can be estimated that Kyrgios posted this video to project himself superior to his competitors. He has continuously criticized former and current players. The second-highest ranked Australian also slammed Alexander Zverev for partying at a club following the abandonment of the Adria Tour amid the pandemic.
He didn’t stop there, as he expressed his raging opinion against Dominic Thiem and all others who lend their support for Djokovic. Thiem had told in an interview with TT, “Kyrgios has built a lot of nonsense himself. I understand even less when he interferes with everything. It would be better if he came to terms with himself rather than always criticizing others.”
Note: The statement was translated from German using Google translate
In reply, Kyrgios tweeted, “What are you talking about Thiem? Mistakes like smashing rackets? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does? None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I’m coming from. I’m trying to hold them accountable.”
Now, with the recent Instagram post, it is clear that Nick wants to prove a point. Tennis fans were eagerly waiting to see the duel between Kyrgios and Zverev in an event that will happen in Berlin later this month. However, the German world number 7 as well as Nick Kyrgios, both withdrew from the tournament following their social media spat.
It’s apparently clear that when the regular season commences, a lot of athletes will want to beat Kyrgios as a revenge for their criticism. Similarly, the 25-year old won’t sit back. With the Instagram video, Kyrgios simply alerted his opponents about his caliber.