Nick Kyrgios Sticks To His Guns Over DjokovicJake Cooper | 27 Jan 2021
Aussie tennis pro and current world No. 47 Nick Kyrgios is clearly everything but impressed with the way in which Serbian and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been going about the business of quarantine – and that of representing the professional tennis world in general. Kyrgios late last week defended his prior referring to the current rank leader as a “tool”, saying he did so not to capitalise on any sort of attention from the media, but because of his own moral compass holding him accountable.
Kyrgios recently lashed out heavily at the Serbian after Djokovic “demanded” leniency in terms of the rules of quarantine and training during the run-up to his year’s Australian Open, which is scheduled to start on February 8, in Melbourne. The fact that the world No. 1 had the gal to write to the organisers of the tournament for the express purpose of expressing his own unhappiness about the restrictions and conditions of accommodation clearly did not sit well with his Australian rival – even if Djokovic’s petition appears to have been sent on behalf of all his fellow players.
Kyrgios Won’t Back Down
Kyrgios, who hasn’t competed in an official tournament for nearly a year due to the challenges of the global health crisis, added that he had no intention of backing down from holding his fellow players accountable for their words and their actions as they represent the sport.
The Australian also stressed the fact that he had no hidden agenda in terms of the media, but instead, considered it his moral responsibility for calling out poor behaviour by the likes of Djokovic.
It’s no secret that Kyrgios isn’t exactly the Serbian’s biggest fan. He’s in the past even gone as far as referring to Djokovic as a “bonehead” This was after the Serbian tested positive during his participation in last year’s controversial Adria Tour, which saw several of the tennis world’s prominent players suffer the consequences of their irresponsible actions.
Kyrgios has been adamant in his opinion of Djokovic, and even more so about the fact that although everybody makes mistakes, this does not mean that players should fail to hold one another accountable to the sport as well as to their fellows.
No ATP Cup For Kyrgios
The Australian has in the meantime forfeited his chance to compete in the upcoming ATP Cup. This after he slipped below John Millman and Alex Minaur on the world rankings list. He will however still be putting in an appearance in one of the ATP 250 events during the run-up to the Open.