Controversial Australian star Nick Kyrgios always lands himself in news in some way or the other. While he is playing good tennis with positive results, his on-court behaviour seems to have dragged him another off-court drama. Kyrgios with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis are into the semi-finals having taken down 3 seeded pairs in 4 matches and have the crowd roaring for them.
After an alleged locker room fight with top-seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic after the Australians beat them in straight-sets, the pair was involved in another ruckus with their quarter-final opponents Tim Puetz and Michael Venus in what was a thrilling 3-set battle but had its fair share of on-court drama and antics.
“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. He already did get mad there by himself.
“It’s amazing, he can smash a ball out that hits a kid and just because he gives them a racquet afterwards people can say he is such a good guy. Anytime you were going back to get the balls to serve, people were making comments about yourself, your family. 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,” said Venus speaking with 1 News.
“He’ll spin it in a way that helps him”: Michael Venus on Nick Kyrgios
Given the local support for Kyrgios and Kokkinakis on the Kia Arena and the performances they have put in, for every point they get massive cheers and the voices can be heard on the other courts as well, a reception that has not gone well with their opponents and other players.
“The amount of messages I got from people, an extreme amount, way, way more than I’ve ever had but then a lot of messages from people saying how embarrassed they were with the crowd’s behaviour and they’re sorry, it shouldn’t have been like that. They will always be his supporters and he’ll spin it in a way that helps him, but at the end of the day, he’s an absolute k***,” added Venus, the 2017 French Open Doubles champion.
While it has been a dreadful time for their opponents, Nick and Thanasi have enjoyed the support and have asked for more when they take on 3rd seeded pair of Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the semi-finals on the 27th of January.