Comedian and radio host Dave Hughes was left bewildered after Nick Kyrgios’ brother Christos demanded $20,000 to appear on his breakfast radio show on Tuesday.
The younger Kyrgios brother won through to the second round of the Australian Open thanks to his clinical straight-sets win over Frederico Ferreira Silva (6-4 6-4 6-4) - however the win came with a heavy helping of his usual on-court antics.
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At one point Kyrgios called out to Christos, frequently a target when his outbursts are directed at his players’ box, and was heard saying ‘Tell your girlfriend to get out of my box,’.
Kyrgios denied he was referring to Christos’ partner Alicia Gowans when asked about the moment after the match, but Hughes and co-hosts Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan were determined to get to the bottom of it.
They hit a snag though, according to their producer Violet, when Christos began demanding more and more money to appear on the 2Day FM program.
“So I messaged him guys, and he says he wants money,” the producer said on-air on Tuesday.
“That’s fair. First I offered $100. I wanted to give him a voucher.
After I told him $500 he said, ‘I don’t think I’m in the budget’. He told me to move on. And then I said, we really want you to come on, can you give me a number?
“He’s come back with $20,000.”
Dave Hughes stunned by expensive Kyrgios demand
Hughes, never one to mince words, was stunned by the asking price.
“We can buy ads for that. He’d want to be entertaining,” he joked.
“He’d have to do the whole hour. No deal. And let’s hope we still get our headline.”
Fellow co-host Erin Molan however, was more open to the idea.
Before the price for Kyrgios to appear on the show skyrocketed, Molan suggested she and Hughes simply split what was then a $1000 fee for Kyrgios to go on air.
“But I said, it’s worth it because that’s the big story of the day,” she said.
“We’d never do something cheaply just for a headline. So I said, give him $500 or $1000 and I’ll pay half. Hughesy and I were going to go halves.”
Nick Kyrgios is set to take on Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
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