Nick Kyrgios escalates war of words with Novak Djokovic by calling out ‘very strange’ world No 1 – and tennis bad boy says he will not take ANY criticism from ‘someone partying with his shirt off in a pandemic’ as he recalls disastrous Adria Tour
- World No 1 Novak Djokovic said he ‘does not have much respect’ for Nick Kyrgios
- Kyrgios responded to him after winning his Australian Open first-round match
- The controversial Aussie labelled the world No 1 ‘very strange’ as an individual
- Kyrgios also cited Djokovic’s disastrous Adria Tour amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- At that event, a number of players were seen partying together with shirts off
Nick Kyrgios called out Novak Djokovic as ‘very strange’ and said he would not be taking any advice from a man who ‘partied with his shirt off in a pandemic’ in the latest jibe between the two players.
The escalating war of words continued on Sunday when Djokovic, prior to his opening match at the Australian Open, said he does not ‘have much respect’ for Kyrgios due to his criticisms of the Serb’s behaviour during the pandemic.
Kyrgios last month described Djokovic as a ‘tool’ on social media after he made suggestions about how quarantine conditions could be improved for other players. It was the latest in a series of insults that have followed Djokovic’s behaviour during the crisis.
Nick Kyrgios (left) took a shot back at Novak Djokovic (right, at Adria Tour event he organised last summer) and said he could not take slack ‘from someone partying in a pandemic’
World No 47 Kyrgios was presented with Djokovic’s latest slapdown after he too emerged unscathed in his first-round match, beating Federico Ferreira Silva 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
‘He’s a very strange cat, Novak is,’ he said.
‘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.’
The comment regarding the shirt points to Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour last summer.
Prior to the start of the Australian Open, Djokovic said that he does not respect Kyrgios
Kyrgios took a pop at Djokovic prior to the start of the Australian Open by calling him a ‘tool’
While official tennis competition halted globally, the Serb decided to take matters into his own hands to create his own exhibition event, bringing together a number of the world’s top players with fans also invited to watch it all unfold.
There appeared to be no social distancing and no masks, with one clip that surfaced showing players celebrating together on a night out with some even removing their shirts.
Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki all contracted Covid-19, before Djokovic himself also tested positive alongside his wife.
Kyrgios was one of the most vocal critics of the world No 1 and the Australian believes no such criticism can be sent back in his direction for how he has behaved during the pandemic.
Djokovic and fellow tennis stars partied in a Belgrade nightclub during his Adria Tour, with some of the players taking their shirts off during the riotous evening
Kyrgios had a pop at Djokovic for holding his infamous Adria Tour and the Australian believes similar criticisms cannot be sent back at him given his behaviour during the Covid pandemic
‘I’m not quite sure how he can’t respect me off the court,’ Kyrgios added.
‘I feel like I’ve gone about things extremely well, especially during the pandemic I was – I mean, driving around delivering food to people during the pandemic that didn’t or couldn’t get the supplies.
‘I was extremely careful about what I was doing. I didn’t want to spread the virus to anyone.
‘Now I’m actually trying to donate meal kits to people that need food. I have my foundation. So it’s very strange to me as why he would say he doesn’t respect me off the court. I actually do a lot off the court.’