'Embarrassed as an Aussie': Nick Kyrgios hits out over Djokovic saga

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  • Nick Kyrgios
    Australian tennis player
  • Novak Djokovic
    Novak Djokovic
    Serbian tennis player
Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) during a press conference and (pictured right) Novak Djokovic during a match.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) has continued to speak out against the treatment of Novak Djokovic (pictured right) since he arrived in Australia. (Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios has taken aim at how Novak Djokovic was treated upon his arrival in the country and said he is 'embarrassed' to be an Australian during the ordeal.

Djokovic won his appeal to have his visa revoked after he was detained at the border upon his arrival in Australia.

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The incident has captivated the world as Djokovic won his appeal on Monday and was set free after a federal judge overturned the government's decision to cancel his visa.

On Tuesday, Djokovic took to Rod Laver Arena for the first time after his release as the debate around his visa declaration and his participation at the Australian Open rages on.

Despite the chaos surrounding the superstar, Kyrgios - who tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday - has labelled the situation embarrassing.

Kyrgios, who has shared a distasteful feud with the World No.1 for quite some time, defended his rival and said Djokovic has done too much for tennis in Australia and abroad to be treated like this.

“We know that the media like to create s**tstorms — with my story and everything going on with Novak,” Kyrgios said on an Instagram video.

“I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete that’s seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport. I just don’t think it’s right how we’re handling it, but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.

“I just don’t want this to take away from any of the great results all the other Australians are having.”

Kyrgios has been vocal about what he thinks of Djokovic in the past, especially when the World No.1 hosted the ill-fated Adria Tour event during the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the Australian has put aside his differences since Djokovic was detained last week.

Nick Kyrgios remains a doubt for Australian Open

Kyrgios pulled out of the Sydney Tennis Classic on Monday just hours before his match against Italian firebrand Fabio Fognini.

The 26-year-old withdrew from the Melbourne Summer Set last week due to a mystery illness that sparked his asthma.

Kyrgios was cleared of COVID-19 at the time, but on Monday confirmed he had contracted the virus.

"I just want to be open and transparent with everyone, the reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for COVID," Kyrgios posted on his Instagram story.

"I am feeling healthy at the moment with no symptoms.

"I wish everyone all the best and to stay safe where you can. If all goes well I will see you all at the Australian Open."

The Australian Open begins on January 17, giving Kyrgios just a week to recover and be cleared to return.

Nick Kyrgios (pictured) celebrates during a match.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) is in a race to be fit for the Australian Open. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Monday's COVID-19 diagnosis came as a shock after Kyrgios had undergone numerous tests last week after being hit by a mystery illness.

All of those tests cleared Kyrgios of Covid-19, but he still decided to withdraw from the Melbourne Summer Set to give his body more time to recover.

Despite his ranking slipping to 114, Kyrgios remains one of the biggest draw-cards on the tour.

But even if Kyrgios does beat the odds to earn a start at this year's Australian Open, he faces a monumental task to cause any type of damage.

with AAP

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