Nick Kyrgios released a video on Instagram in which he slams the entire tennis world for their behaviour during the COVID-19 outbreak.
More specifically, the 24-year-old Greek Australian made his feelings public after a video was released showing young tennis star Alexander Zverev partying at a Monte Carlo night club when he was supposed to be self-isolating.
The German took part in the Adria Tour that was held by Novak Djokovic from which several athletes and their close family members had been diagnosed with the highly infectious disease (including the world number one himself and his wife Jelena).
In a statement, Zverev had confirmed that he himself had tested negative but would still be isolating himself for 14 days, following the instructions of the medical officers to ensure the safety and health of all those around him.
Yet a few days later, the videos surfaced of him surrounding himself with other people and clearly ignoring the safety protocols.
“I mean, if you have the audacity to put out a f***ing tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you are going to self-isolate for 14 days and apologising to f***ing general public about putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days. My God,” Kyrgios said in a rant on his social media page.
“Have your girlfriend with you for f***ing 14 days. Jesus, man. It pisses me off. This tennis world pisses me off. How selfish can you all get?”
The young Greek’s frustration was made apparent a few days earlier once again when he took aim at Novak Djokovic and his idea to hold a tournament in the Balkan region where very little health protocols were upheld.
BORIS BECKER: “WE DON’T LIKE NO RATS!”
Of course, Kyrgios’ rant could not go unanswered and it was none other than 52-year-old former tennis legend Boris Becker that chose to respond to the young Greek Australian’s accusations towards Zverev.
“Don’t like no #rats,” said Becker. “Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine! Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us…”
Kyrgios suggested that he is only looking out for his loved ones:
“Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people.
“When my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something,” responded the 24-year-old.
The back-and-forth serves continued between the two, not unlike a tennis game, with Kyrgios brandishing Becker a ‘donut’ and the German asking in a highly sarcastic manner ” ….how is it down under? (Australia) Respect all the guidelines?”
Zverev’s actions have caught the criticism from other members of the tennis industry.