Kyrgios, Becker in war of words over Zverev's partying video

Tanya Simon
June 30, 2020

Becker then attempted to steer the conversation away from coronavirus and to Kyrgios' career.

Becker, the 52-year-old German, didn't stop there and suggested Kyrgios that during these hard times one should rather focus on protecting their families and their loved ones and once again referred to Kyrgios as "rats".

To which Kyrgios replied: "Rats?" WHEN my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. For holding someone accountable?

"I just wanted to say that it is not his fault that he made the tournament, he just wanted to help the players play competitions". "Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed, though", he told his following of nearly 387,000.

Seemingly in an attempt to cool the spat, Becker replied: "You're amusing is it down under?"

"Your amusing is it down under?" Respect all the guidelines?'

Kyrgios, though, was in little mood to change the topic of discussion.

In the end, Becker took a dig at Kyrgios for not winning a single Grand Slam till date.

"I really would like to see @NickKyrgios fulfil his potential and win a grand slam!"

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"He would be an incredible role model for for the youth of the world addressing the issues of equality, race and heritage".

"Man up buddy and deliver!" Becker replied to his announcement that he had the virus by saying: "Stay safe and look after yourself and loved ones, my friend".

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has defended world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic after his fellow Serb came in for widespread criticism over a tournament he hosted.

The flamboyant Australia added: "This tennis world. seriously how selfish can you all get?" It has nothing to do with tennis?

Players were seen interacting, embracing each other, playing basketball and partying like they did in pre-Covid-19 days but Matic said they were not required to adhere to any social distancing norms as Serbia had eased restrictions.

"How about the dude who you are defending mans up and gives us some sort of explanation?"

Earlier last week, Zverev said he would be self-isolating himself after several players who participated in the controversial Adria Tour, were tested positive for COVID-19, including Novak Djokovic himself.

Zverev said he and his team had tested negative but would self-isolate and undergo regular testing and apologised after he was filmed partying at a nightclub as part of the event.

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