Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis continued their dream run at Australian Open 2022 in the Men’s Doubles event, as the pair defeated third seeds, Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers to reach the finals. Kyrgios is known to be very blunt with his responses, and speaks what’s on his mind without any fabrication.
Michael Venus, New Zealand tennis player took a jibe at Nick Kyrgios just after their Men’s Doubles quarterfinal battle, where the Australian pair won in three sets. The Kiwi player called the atmosphere inside the stadium a joke, and not very conducive for playing tennis. Moreover, Venus ridiculed Kyrgios’ maturity level, and stated that his on-court drama was the reason he never fulfilled his potential.
“It felt like a circus out there, and not really a tennis match. Between serves, [they were] geeing the crowd up and getting them to cheer at times like that. I don’t think that’s really on. You know, if it’s on the other foot, old mate [Kyrgios] would have flipped his lid,” Venus had said.
“On the maturity side, you see why he has never fulfilled his potential and probably never will. His maturity level, it is probably being generous to [say] about a 10-year-old, it’s at about that level,” Venus ridiculed Kyrgios.
Now, Nick Kyrgios came up with a fitting response, as he called him Michael Venus a sore loser and decided against destroying him in the media.
Nick Kyrgios decides against speaking against Michael Venus in the media
Nick Kyrgios stated that while trying to get the crowd involved, they are just trying to make the tournament more entertaining. Moreover, the Australian spoke about their semifinal opponents, who embraced the moment and even took a selfie prior to walking out on court.
Hence, Nick Kyrgios said he respects the pairing of H. Zeballos and Marcel Granollers more than he respects Michel Venus, who seems to be frustrated with the crowd.
“Michael Venus, I’m not going to destroy him in this media conference room right now. But Zeballos and Granollers are singles players. They’ve had great careers. I respect them a lot more than I respect Michael Venus,” said Kyrgios.
“I think the balance was there today. The quality of tennis was amazing. I think the festival atmosphere was still there. I think they embraced it. They knew it was an incredible atmosphere. Zeballos took a selfie with us before we walked out. That’s how you embrace an atmosphere. You’re not losing a match and then getting salty about it afterwards. It’s ridiculous,” he added.
Even, Thanasi Kokkinakis opined on the same and said that they were not trying to disrespect their opponents in any way. The Australian pair just try to get the fans involved in the game, and sometimes their opponents take it in the wrong sense.
“I think for the most part it’s not us trying to disrespect the opponents. It’s us trying to get the crowd going to just increase the atmosphere. Sometimes the opponents take it personally. That’s what happened with the Croatians that we played, the No. 1 seeds. That’s obviously … Michael took offence to that,” said Kokkinakis.