'When is this from': NBA star called out over bizarre Nick Kyrgios 'gaffe'

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Either D’Angelo Russell is a huge tennis fan who loves watching replays of old matches, or he got it slightly wrong on Wednesday.

The Golden State Warriors guard left his social media followers very confused when he posted a pic of himself watching Nick Kyrgios in action.

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“Tuned in @Nick Kyrgios,” Russell posted alongside the picture on Wednesday.

There was just one small problem - Russell wasn’t watching Kyrgios live at the Australian Open.

Somewhat bafflingly, Russell was watching Kyrgios’ match with Rafael Nadal at the Acapulco Open in Mexico from last February.

D'Angelo Russell was watching on old match of Nick Kyrgios. Image: Twitter/Getty

Russell’s fans were quick to call him out over what was seemingly a bizarre gaffe, however Kyrgios kept it classy and simply replied: “I’m watching and supporting you 2 my brother.”

Nadal and Kyrgios lead action on Day 4

Kyrgios and World No.1 Rafael Nadal remain on target for a tantalising fourth round tussle but still face some formidable obstacles as the Australian Open continues to unfold.

Nadal and Australia's 23rd seed could meet in the last 16 which would be their first encounter since Kyrgios purposely smashed a forehand at Nadal's chest as tempers boiled over during their explosive 2019 Wimbledon clash.

But Kyrgios says he's only thinking about Thursday's second round opponent, veteran Frenchman Gilles Simon, with the pair in action in the night session on Melbourne Arena.

Now ranked world No.61, the former top 20 player showed his class with a round one straight sets win over Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay.

D'Angelo Russell in action for the Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Nadal is the headline act in the night session on Rod Laver Arena and is likely to be too strong for Argentine Federico Delbonis, with the world No.76 passing the first round at Melbourne Park only once before.

Fourth seed Simona Halep, who lost a heart-breaking 2018 Open final, precedes Nadal's night match when she takes on British qualifier Harriet Dart, who is making her first main draw appearance.

Australia's No.2-ranked player Ajla Tomljanovic opens the day's play on Rod Laver against two-time major winner, Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.

"It's going to be tough for me," Tomljanovic, the world No.52 said.

"Definitely a big-hitting match next round, for sure."

with AAP