A red-wine addled Nick Kyrgios has declared his love for Andy Murray and lambasted some of tennis' biggest names in a wildly entertaining Instagram Live chat between the pair.
Murray, at home in Surrey, just outside London, set up the 30-minute catch-up which was broadcast via his Instagram page.
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Kyrgios was still up and about at his base in Canberra in the early hours of Sunday morning, clearly the worse for wear.
The former world No.1 and three-time grand slam winner has been a staunch defender of the mercurial Aussie, who has managed to enthral and enrage the tennis community in equal measure since his break out season in 2014.
In a conversation dominated largely by the Australian, Murray asked him how many glasses of wine he'd drunk.
“About as many games as you gave me at Wimbledon that year, about six,” Kyrgios responded, in reference to Murray's comfortable win over him in round of 16 at the All England four years ago.
Murray then asked Kyrgios why he got more excited playing in team events like the Laver Cup than for grand slams, cueing up the big-serving 24-year-old for a rant about players on the ATP Tour.
“It's because it's fun man,” he said.
“I am there with my best buds, trying to beat some European guys who have no banter, don't give one-eff about each other and act like they care for one week which p*sses me off.
“Let's be honest, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas and (Alexander) Zverev hate each other, then they are besties all of a sudden...p*ss off.
“Someone like (Dominic) Thiem ... I mean I like to get good vibes from trying a new cocktail ... he'd prefer to watch paint dry.
“Team World, that is what we are all about man, if you (Murray) came over to Team World we would win.”
Kyrgios fires shots at Djokovic as well
Kyrgios revealed he is to be a groomsman at the wedding of American doubles star Jack Sock then begged Murray, whose career has been thwarted by hip problems for the last 18 months, to team up with him when tennis finally resumes.
“We don't care about Nadal, Djokovic and Feds, man. We all love you. Ordinary people like us love you,” he said.
Kyrgios, who has never hidden his antipathy for world No.1 Novak Djokovic, claimed he was an inferior player to Murray, despite the visibly embarrassed Scotsman knowing he trails him 11-8 in 19 tour finals, including seven grand slam deciders.
“I said that to you many times. I think you are better than Djokovic,” Kyrgios said
“Djokovic was playing dodgeball on my serve and you were slapping it for a winner. He was trying to dodge it, you were on it like a light.”
Murray responded by saying: “The results would suggest otherwise.”
Kyrgios has endured a rocky relationship with Djokovic, once describing the Serb's post-match ‘cup of love’ celebrations as “cringeworthy”.
Djokovic, claimed the Australian, had a “sick obsession with wanting to be liked”.
A laughing Murray then cut off the stream before Kyrgios could upset anyone else.
Nick Kyrgios a few red wines down in his Instagram live with Andy Murray just now... pic.twitter.com/Oi6ER765Ps
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) May 16, 2020
Andy Murray’s 15 minute insta live with an absolutely smashed Nick Kyrgios might have been the best thing to happen during lockdown.
— Dominic (@DominicTosh) May 16, 2020
Loved how drunk Kyrgios was in that Murray/Kyrgios live.
"[Murray] way better than the Big 3. Djokovic kept playing Dodgeball on my serve... I was going T he kept guessing wide"
-Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios 🤣🤣
— Mason, Tard Destroyer (@Mason123J) May 16, 2020
Nick Kyrgios after dragging all the top players in the ATP:
— Laura (@tennishive) May 16, 2020
Andy Murray’s Instagram live with a drunk Nick Kyrgios just now was everything! 😂😂
“Muzz, you’re so much better than the big 3.” etc.
He really loves Muzz. pic.twitter.com/68mTcyBkhT
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownSport) May 16, 2020
Absolute highlight of lockdown: a drunk Nick 🐐 Kyrgios telling Murray that he’s better than the big 3 and claiming that Djokovic used to play dodgeball when Nick was serving 🤣 pic.twitter.com/3tcHtIUTvn
— Laws (@DanBenLaws) May 16, 2020
— Midwest Sports (@MidwestSports) May 16, 2020
With Yahoo Sports Staff