Nick Kyrgios branded fellow tennis participant Bernard Tomic “probably the most hated athlete in Australia” as a feud between the pair reignited on Thursday.
The 2 was once mates however fell out years in the past and have since periodically taken potshots at one another.
Their bickering exploded once more with Tomic late Wednesday saying he was Kyrgios’ “idol” when each gamers made their manner via the tennis ranks as kids.
“He’s all the time been in my shadow rising up,” stated the 29-year-old Tomic, whose recreation has collapsed lately after a sequence of controversies and is now ranked 418th on this planet.
“That’s why any time somebody mentions my identify to him, it will get beneath his pores and skin.
“He is aware of he can’t rewrite historical past. The data that I set after I was 16, 17, 18, and 19 — youngest Slam quarter-finalist at Wimbledon (in 2011, since Boris Becker), the most important event on this planet.”
It adopted Kyrgios, 27, telling Tomic to “cool down” whereas boasting that he had “extra money, extra wins” than his compatriot.
Kyrgios, ranked 76th, took to Instagram to share extra ideas on Thursday.
“HAHA TOMIC let’s not neglect the time I paid on your flight house from Shanghai since you had no cash,” Kyrgios, whose expertise has been undermined by a string of on-court transgressions, stated.
“Hahahaha rewrite historical past, you’re the most HATED athlete in Australia. You’re proper, nobody can take over that.”
Kyrgios then posted a screenshot of Tomic’s latest outcomes, including: “Bernard, I didn’t realise it was this dangerous.
“Hit me up if you happen to want me that will help you bear in mind the best way to play. Geezus.”
Neither participant is on the French Open in Paris however each need to contest subsequent month’s Wimbledon.
Regardless of some notable outcomes the duo are broadly seen to have did not reside as much as their full potential, struggling to maintain their motivation and deal with tennis.