Nick Kyrgios' habit of mocking world No.1 Novak Djokovic doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon, with the outspoken Australian star once again making fun of the Serbian star's trademark victory celebration.
Djokovic frequently celebrates his victories with his famous 'heart throwing' celebration as a way to thank the fans - but he was mocked for doing so in front of an empty crowd during the 2020 US Open last year.
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With the Australian Open robbed of crowds after getting underway with spectators earlier in February thanks to an outbreak of the coronavirus in Melbourne, Kyrgios and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis entered an eerily quiet Show Court 1 for their match against fourth seeds Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot.
Seemingly in reference to Djokovic's much-panned US Open celebration, Kyrgios mimicked the move as he walked onto the court for the second round doubles clash.
While Kyrgios and Kokkinakis fell to Koolhof and Kubot 6-3, 6-4, fans on social media took notice of the Australian star's latest potshot at Djokovic.
I am pretty sure what Kyrgios has for Djokovic is something beyond tennis. It is something personal. He thinks about him 24×7. https://t.co/s7tvMtNCC0
— Uday Singh Bhati (@Sasti_Masti12) February 14, 2021
It came soon after Kyrgios again made fun of the world No.1 for taking a medical timeout during his third round, five set victory over American player Taylor Fritz.
Djokovic said that, "god willing", he hopes to line up in Sunday's fourth round match with Milos Raonic despite a suspected torn stomach muscle that almost derailed him against Fritz.
When asked about Djokovic's injury after their match, a tongue-in-cheek Fritz suggested Djokovic had 'looked fine' in the deciding fifth set.
“When I hit a winner, he’d kind of, like, pull at it. He looked fine in the fifth," Fritz said.
"If he can play like he played in the fifth, I don't see why he wouldn't play. He'll beat pretty much anyone."
Nick Kyrgios makes mockery of Novak Djokovic celebration
Following his third round exit from the Australian Open, Fritz posted a message to Instagram thanking his followers for their support - but it was in the comments of that post that Kyrgios chose to add a little more fuel to the simmering fire between him and Djokovic.
“Imma take a medical real quick Fritzy, I’ll be back in 2 hours," Kyrgios posted in the comments.
While Djokovic recently said he doesn't have 'much respect' for Kyrgios, the Serbian superstar had bigger issues on his mind after defeating Fritz.
The 33-year-old said after the match that he wasn't sure if he would be able to recover in time for his fourth-round match-up against Milos Raonic on Sunday evening.
"I know it's a tear, I don't know if I'll be able to recover from that in two days," Djokovic said.
"I don't know if I'll be able to step out on court, I don't know.
"I honestly don't know how I won that match. I'm very proud and at the same time sad and worried."
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