Nick Kyrgios lays into ‘doughnut’ Boris Becker after Novak Djokovic’s former coach labelled the Aussie star a ‘rat’ for calling out his rivals for partying during the coronavirus pandemic
- Nick Kyrgios has been vocal in his criticism of fellow pros flouting Covid-19 rules
- Alex Zverev has been pictured ignoring social distancing measures once again
- Boris Becker labelled Kyrgios a ‘rat’ on Twitter for calling out his rivals’ behaviour
- Kyrgios was quick to hit back at ‘doughnut’ Becker and was furious at the ex-pro
Day two of phantom Wimbledon brought with it a hard fought first round five-set match — between Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker.
Instead of Centre Court that more intimidating bear pit of Twitter was the venue, with the German legend and the controversial Australian slugging it out.
Once again the catalyst was the conduct of the Adria Tour. The fallout continues to provide as much controversy as any number of code violations that might have been dished out this fortnight.
Boris Becker labelled Nick Kyrgios a ‘rat’ on Twitter for calling out his fellow professionals
Becker believes Kyrgios shouldn’t have been public in his criticism of players like Alex Zverev
The build-up to the match involved Kyrgios’s outspoken attack on Alex Zverev. At the weekend the world No 7 was pictured partying at a crowded restaurant at the Cote D’Azur when he had pledged to self-isolate after playing in Novak Djokovic’s ill-fated Balkan exhibition series.
Becker struck the first blow when he accused Kyrgios of being a ‘rat’ for turning on fellow professionals: ‘Don’t like no #rats,’ tweeted Becker. ‘Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine! Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us…’
Outspoken Kyrgios was quick to return serve: ‘For goodness sake Boris I’m not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus. It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done I’ll call him out for it simple.-
Kyrgios has been praised in recent weeks for slamming the actions of the likes of Zverev
Kyrgios told Becker not to ‘act like you’re my friend’ as their war of words on Twitter escalated
Back and forth they went, with the Australian calling Becker a ‘doughnut’ at one point. Unlike a tennis match it ended with honours about even and no clear winner.
The exchange offered a window on the divisions in the game, with various alliances in play. Becker certainly feels a loyalty to both Djokovic and Zverev, who have both felt the sharp end of Kyrgios’s tongue in the last 10 days.
The three-time Wimbledon champion is a former coach of Djokovic, and was in his corner for some of his leading triumphs. Few understand the Serbian’s complexities better.
Becker also serves as head of men’s tennis for the German federation and unsurprisingly wishes to defend his No 1 player.
Becker is a regular commentator and pundit for the BBC on their Wimbledon coverage
Zverev has been seen flouting social distancing guidelines on occasions during lockdown
As yet Zverev has issued no apology for breaking his self-imposed isolation after testing negative, and may believe that as a fit young man none is necessary. Another factor, lesser known, is that Zverev and Djokovic get on well and see each other in Monte Carlo where they both have bases and practise together.
If anything Kyrgios has become even more of an enigma this year than before. While his past behaviours do not exactly put him in the strongest of positions to deliver lectures, he won many plaudits back in January for being the first sportsperson to lead efforts to support Australian bush fire victims.
He has taken a strong line against people not taking Covid-19 seriously enough and has publicly expressed what many others in the game may be privately thinking when it comes to what happened on the Adria Tour.
Meanwhile, September’s French Open has been boosted by Paris Fashion Week getting the go-ahead to take place at the same time. However, a sign that nothing is going to be straightforward in this process was yesterday’s EU announcement that China, the USA and Brazil will be excluded from nations being allowed into the bloc from July 1.
Novak Djokovic (centre), who was coached by Becker, has also been at the centre of attention
Kyrgios (left) has not been afraid to hit out at friends when he believes they have done wrong
The Australian called Djokovic’s decision to hold his Adria Tour event ‘boneheaded’ last week