Nick Kyrgios and Piers Morgan have long traded jabs on social media but the tennis star has announced the pair will go toe-to-toe on the UK host's show. In what is being sold as "the interview nobody thought possible", Kyrgios has been interviewed by the British TV personality as teasers of the conversation that will be aired on Friday, were shared online.
The duo first exchanged in a war of words back in 2016 after Kyrgios was knocked out of the fourth round at Wimbledon by Andy Murray. Morgan at the time said Kyrgios fell apart like "a petulant little brat" and then doubled down on social media writing, "Never seen an Australian sulk like Nick Kyrgios. Normally ferocious, proud competitors. Embarrassing to watch... Put your toys back in your pram and go home."
Kyrgios responded to Morgan's tweet telling him to "eat a d***". The pair have since traded shots over the years, most recently in 2022 when Morgan once again took to Twitter to write, "Kyrgios is such a monumental a**hole. Imagine hurling constant foul-mouthed abuse in a Wimbledon final at your own support team/family for YOUR bad shots?"
However, the pair seem to have put their differences aside with Morgan interviewing Kyrgios about his life and career. In the interview the 28-year-old Aussie talks about the incident where his mother was held at gunpoint, how his family has been subjected to racial abuse and how he's often made out to be the villain on the tennis court, which he loves.
"You feel like the bad guy in a movie, the main villain," Kyrgios says in a clip uploaded to his Instagram. "Every time I go out onto the court I knew that I could spoil somebody’s day … I love it."
In the teaser video, Kyrgios says he and Morgan are quite alike as the English entertainer quizzes him on some of his questionable decisions in what has been billed as a "tell-all interview". Social media erupted upon learning of the interview saying it was the crossover they never thought they would see and that Morgan may be on the end of a roasting this time around.
Yes. This is gonna be sick
— Jay Singh (@micksingh321) November 29, 2023
Now you will get roasted by him. Lol
— JoKeR 🤡 (@Joker1_2_55) November 29, 2023
— Loli (@LoliLondon) November 29, 2023
Is going to be interesting
— Ernest (@AfosahYaw) November 29, 2023
Kyrgios in serious doubt for next year's Aussie Open
The Aussie tennis star is understood to be in major doubt for next year's Australian Open despite missing nearly all of 2023 with a knee injury and more recently a wrist injury. Kyrgios said earlier this month that progress was being made but the 'stars would need to align' for him to play at the Open.
Australian Open director Craig Tiley said a call on his fitness would be made closer to the date. "We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January … Nick's position will be determined closer to the event,” Tiley told reporters earlier this month.
"I think whatever gets him the best chance to progress during the year … we have wildcard exchanges with the French and Wimbledon, so there’s an opportunity to really help an Australian player not just have one tournament to go into but several, so we’ll weigh that all up to make a decision – we’ve got wildcards to do that.
"Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great, but we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to take care of his health … because he’s not just got January, he’s got the entire year (ahead) too."
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