Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis became Grand Slam champions for the first time when they defeated compatriots Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden in the finals of the 2022 Australian Open winning the match 7-5, 6-4. In a title run that was not expected by many, the childhood friends took down big seeds and had the Melbourne Park roaring every time they stepped on the court.
While the drama follows Kyrgios everywhere he goes, the Australian Open was no different for the local boy who certainly had the support of the crowd which did not sit well with his opponents. One such player was New Zealand’s Michael Venus who went down in 3-sets with partner Tim Puetz and lost a high-voltage match on the Kia Arena where Kyrgios also hit a kid and then gave his racquet apologising for the needless shot.
Michael Venus comments on Nick’s antics
Speaking on the whole drama during the quarter-final clash with Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, Michael was agitated by the constant heckling and booing towards them and the Australian pair encouraging the crowd to do it furthermore and cheer them.
“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. 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 after losing the quarter-final clash.
Nick Kyrgios hits back
Kyrgios had earlier refrained from commenting on the subject when asked in the press conference and said that he won’t destroy Venus in the media. But that thought process seemed to have changed as now the Grand Slam champion hit back at the New Zealander during his recent interview on national TV.
“Well, I don’t even think any sort of comments that come out of his mouth is really relevant, to be honest. You know he dressed, he was dressed in something that I would wear to a Halloween party. I feel like that’s the energy we wanted. The fact that I and Thanasi have now made Michael Venus’ comments relevant and I think that is great. Thanasi, help me out here bro, what do you reckon?” said Kyrgios.
“I’m p******g myself here right now, I don’t know if you got to see me but look, I don’t know but it felt like we had a target on our back from the start,” said Thanasi who was live from Melbourne while Nick had joined from Sydney for the interview.