'We aren't friends': Nick Kyrgios' ugly split from tennis flame

Chris Young
Sports Reporter
Russian world no.95 Anna Kalinskaya has confirmed his split from Nick Kyrgios, with the pair reportedly on bad terms. Pictures: Instagram/Getty IMages

Nick Kyrgios has endured an acrimonious end to his relationship with fellow tennis pro Anna Kalinskaya, after the Russian star confirmed the pair had split on Instagram.

Kyrgios and Kalinskaya had been seen together as recently as March, when the pair were spotted in Acapulco for the Mexico Open.

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The duo had been spotted together prior to the new year, but the rocky end to their romance was forecast through a series of cryptic posts from Kalinskaya, before the world no.95 confirmed the news in a live video on the platform.

Kalinskaya captioned one post ‘f***ing energy vampire’ before later deleting it, and posted another captioned ‘you’re not a bad boy, you’re simply a bad person’.

The 21-year-old asked fans to be respectful of the pair in the wake of their split.

“We broke up. We aren’t friends,” she said.

“I understand you are his friends and it’s cool but I’m not going to talk about him. Have some respect for me as well please.”

Kyrgios and Kalinskaya’s romance was never officially confirmed by either of the pair, until the latter’s acknowledgement of their split this week.

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Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal says Kyrgios should focus on a more age-appropriate rival after knocking back an invitation from the Aussie on social media.

The relationship between Kyrgios and Nadal has been rocky in the past, to say the least.

Bad blood between the pair has been palpable ever since their memorable clash at the Mexico Open in 2019 when Nadal accused the Aussie of being disrespectful on court.

It kicked off a war of words between the pair that's resulted in one of the fiercest rivalries in men's tennis.

Kyrgios appeared to extend an olive branch to Nadal last week though, when he suggested the pair take part in a social media initiative.

The BBC was asking for suggestions as to the most sought-after Facetimes - prompting a quick response from Kyrgios.

"Rafa lets do Instagram live together. I am down with it. Rafael Nadal let's do it," the Aussie wrote on Instagram.

Not surprisingly, Kyrgios' shock invitation left the tennis world salivating at the prospect, with fans urging Nadal to take up the offer.

Unfortunately, the 33-year-old Spaniard doesn't appear interested at all after suggesting the 25-year-old Aussie would be better engaging with a player closer to his own age.

"I don’t mind doing a live with Nick but there’s a generational gap and he might have more fun with someone closer to his age and style."