The infamous tennis feud between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas is set to heat up again after the Aussie star announced he will commentate the Greek's first-round match. The two rivals used to be friendly but their relationship turned sour after a bad-blooded Wimbledon showdown in 2022.
During the contest, Kyrgios called for Tsitsipas to be defaulted after hitting a ball into the crowd in anger during the second set of their third-round clash at the All England Club. From there the match was full of controversy and bad intentions with Tsitsipas appearing to strike multiple balls with force at Kyrgios during the Aussie's four-set victory.
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Tsitsipas recently reignited the feud in an interview with Greek news outlet Tromaktiko - claiming that Kyrgios "broke" the friendship between the pair and reportedly described Kyrgios as acting like a "clown" during their fiery Wimbledon clash. "I didn’t do anything," Tsitsipas said. "I was only trying to compete, while he was playing the clown. It also depends on how he wakes up each day."
Kyrgios fired back on social media, claiming Tsitsipas was in the wrong during the match and insinuated that his rival was still salty about the loss. “Right….. this the match he hit someone in the crowd….. belted another ball out of the stadium and got taught a lesson in front of another full stadium…..” Kyrgios wrote.
The rivalry could only intensify with Kyrgios announced as part of ESPN's commentary crew for Tsitsipas' match against Zizou Bergs. Social media users erupted following the news, eagerly anticipating an array of digs to be thrown in the direction of the Greek star.
Ooooooooh I can’t wait
— joanna (@ballerinadalek) January 14, 2024
This is gonna be so good 😂
— G.o.a.t (@Vuk135) January 14, 2024
Good that you are going to be in a booth. He might try to tag you with a ball again😁
— Zedinlimbo (@zedinlimbo) January 14, 2024
Nick Kyrgios belives Novak Djokovic is only getting better
Kyrgios was in the commentary booth on the opening night to add his insight during Novak Djokovic's first-round match. The Aussie star was full of praise for the World No.1's performance despite him dropping the second set, stating that he is playing the best tennis of his career.
"He's in the conversation for greatest athlete ever with what he’s achieving," Kyrgios said on Eurosport’s coverage. "Seems like he’s got every shot in the book out and showing us why he’s the greatest player on the planet."
"He’s getting older, his game’s getting better, he’s moving better… incredible. What do you have to do to beat him? With no major injury, he definitely could play into his 40s.
"When you’ve achieved so much and become an icon in the sport, everyone wants you, they wanna take you down and they play their best tennis. So every single time Novak Djokovic goes out onto the court, it’s not easy for him. That’s even more credit to him."
Djokovic struggled in the early going to get the better of teenager Dino Prizmic, before asserting himself in the third and Kyrgios was full of praise for the Serbian. "He has to keep studying these young players like Prizmic and keep adapting," Kyrgios said.
"Look how his game has adapted over the last five years. He just seems to rise to the occasion every single time. Never has a bad day; I suppose today would be one of his bad days — and he's still winning.
"He was telling me he’s missing his family and if he wins this event, it’s potentially another two weeks away from his beautiful family, but yet he’s still got the same motivation to win. It’s insane what he’s doing."
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