Nick Kyrgios has put the patience of fans to the test by failing to insult Novak Djokovic again within seconds of showing his “respect” for the world’s number one prior to his home tournament at the Australians Open left.
Jocular Kyrgios entered the Margaret Court Arena, imitating Djokovic’s “heartbreaking” gesture in the stands alongside partner Thanasi Kokkinakis and attempting to lend lightheartedness to the sad sight of the empty stands.
The world number 47, however, was unable to hide his barely veiled disdain for the Serbian superstar when he sarcastically addressed Djokovic’s greeting before verbally expressing his disdain.
“I only feel love,” said the 25-year-old dryly about his attitude towards the trademark.
Nick #Kyrgios: “We’re just having fun. #Novak sure doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all so it’s fun. “Buddy, he had to spell it for you that he didn’t.” I have no respect for you WHAT respect ?! # AusOpen
– Z / ana (@_z_ana), February 14, 2021
“I don’t like him at all” – you kindergarten buddy? 🤡 Thank goodness he lost the dubs too … he had to get on so many last minute dogs before he was booted from Melbourne
– Tweet Puneet (@TennisPuneet) February 14, 2021
“I’m just trying to spread the good word of the celebration. Everyone loves this celebration. It’s very popular.”
Kyrgios then contradicted himself within a sentence by adding: “We’re just having fun. I’m sure Novak doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all so it’s fun. “
Among the various barbs raised against Djokovic since his unfortunate Adria Tour event last year, Kyrgios has called his poison’s long-standing target “headless”, questioning his leadership skills and most recently calling him a “tool” that included his attempts to discuss player welfare with tournament organizers.
It is never a “joke” if the person on the receiving end just doesn’t want it or is interested in getting back involved. It’s bullying. A shame for everyone who empowers him and encourages @NickKyrgios. A reminder Nick celebrated winning an R2 match as if he had just won a calendar Grand Slam. «Https://t.co/3KRSHmTAGv
– Pavvy G (@pavyg) February 14, 2021
Seriously he isn’t everything, it’s almost time for a restraining order, so sick is his obsession with Nole
– WE ARE ESSENDON (@WeAreEssendon) February 14, 2021
When pressed for a response by reporters last week, Djokovic briefly admitted that he did not fully respect Kyrgios before briefly closing his comments.
The audience apparently felt the tiredness after Kyrgios’ umpteenth explosion against the man who will face Alex Zverev in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
“This is what happens when you have to lower yourself when you have nothing else to discuss,” said one.
Kyrgios should at least be reprimanded by ATP
– Adriana Chickesh (@Chickesh) February 14, 2021
And to think that you used to be a Krygios fan 😱 I can’t help but love to watch him play and his matches always have some kind of drama … BUT I have to say that’s a bit OTT
– Carolyn Russell @ (@csruss) February 14, 2021
“He and the Australian media think it is more fun to focus on insulting Djokovic. Disappointing to say the least.”
Another pointed out: “It’s never ‘kidding’ when the person on the reception just doesn’t want it or isn’t interested in getting back involved.
“It’s bullying. A shame from all who empower and zealous him [Kyrgios] on.”
“I don’t like him at all so it’s fun” … that’s a tyrant’s attitude, pathetic and youthful and petty to grow up!
– Lucia (@ MyWildLove1) February 14, 2021
At this point, it’s obsessed, it’s just bizarre. If he had someone in his own life looking for him, they would have a word. I’ve been saying this about his court antics for years. It just shows how uninteresting in your own life is to constantly focus on someone else.
– Tamara Lynn (@ TamaraLynn0710) February 14, 2021
“Seriously, he’s not everything,” claimed a Kyrgios critic. “It is almost time for a restraining order – so sick is his obsession [Djokovic] is. “
The Australian doubles Kyrgios and Kokkinakis had little to smile about their result and lost in straight sets to fourth Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot in a match in which Kyrgios was punished for a time offense.
Kyrgios also seemed to be annoyed with tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who described him as “good bad guys” and “bad guys” before his defeat by Thiem and replied in capital letters on Twitter: “You don’t know anything about me.”
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