Nick Kyrgios wants to silence his critics and raise some money for charity when he takes on Novak Djokovic in a show match at Rod Laver Arena. Follow the action live.
Kyrgios will show off his explosive off-court form tonight at Rod Laver Arena against his old sparring partner-turned-best-friend.
In his first hitout of the year, Kyrgios has practiced his serves on social media and battled all the comers – including a trio of Australian tennis legends – ahead of his home Grand Slam, a tournament he thinks he can win in 2023. posed .
Kyrgios’ ongoing battle with the country’s greats began on the eve of the 2022 Wimbledon final against Djokovic.
“For me personally, the greats of Australian tennis weren’t always the nicest,” he said. “They weren’t always supportive and they weren’t supportive these two weeks. That’s why I have a hard time reading things they say about me. It’s pretty sad because I don’t get support from… the greats of the past.”
Pat Cash backed Kyrgios’ claims and questioned Tennis Australia’s decision to hold a charity exhibition three days before the start of the Australian Open.
“In what country, at what Grand Slam – would Wimbledon suddenly pull out Center Court or Court 1 because Andy Murray needed a practice game?” he told SEN Sportsday.
“It’s hard to believe, they certainly wouldn’t do it at the French Open. There’s Children’s Day and whatever and you go and play that. That wouldn’t happen at the French Open.
“They bent over backwards to help Nick get some matches and to do that I don’t know.”
The exhibition also drew the ire of tennis journalist Luke Dennehy, who tweeted about the match: “Wow, @NickKyrgios and @DjokerNole’s Friday game sold out in 58 minutes. Wow!”
Kyrgios responded to the tweet in typical fashion: “Wow Nick Kyrgios is bad for the sport! Wow, what a disgrace, a national embarrassment! How dare he sell another stadium, that arrogance.”
There’s no doubt the polarizing Aussie will be looking to win over fans before the title tumbles.
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