Nick Kyrgios claims rivals’ trainer and coach threatened to FIGHT him after tension on the court boiled over in the locker room – as details about what caused the doubles match flare-up are revealed
- Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis won their doubles match on Friday night
- Kyrgios claimed opponents’ fitness coach threatened to fight him post match
- Croatian pair Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic were knocked out in shocking loss
Nick Kyrgios has claimed his opponents’ fitness trainer and coach threatened to fight him after their stunning doubles loss at the Australian Open.
Kyrgios and fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated world No.1 pair Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in straight sets on Friday night, much to the delight of the wild crowd.
Following the match, the tennis bad boy claimed on Twitter that tensions rose between him and the Croatian team’s crew, apparently because Kyrgios hit them with a ball.
‘Just letting you know after yesterday’s chop fest in doubles my opponents coach and trainer proceeded to threaten to fight in the players gym,’ he said on Saturday morning.
Nick Kyrgios and fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated world No.1 pair Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in straight sets on Friday night
Kyrgios claimed his opponents’ trainer threatened to fight him after Friday’s match
Following the match, the tennis bad boy claimed on Twitter that tensions rose between him and the Croatian team’s crew, apparently because Kyrgios hit them with a ball
‘Tennis is a soft soft sport, all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball.’
Kokkinakis responded with laughing emojis, tweeting: ‘that was crazy!! Mans thought it was UFC’.
Former player and now commentator Sam Groth said Kokkinakis had spoken to him about the bizarre encounter.
‘Thanasi actually messaged me as it was happening and said Nick got accosted in the locker room by Pavic’s fitness trainer and (they) obviously weren’t very happy,’ Groth told Channel Nine.
‘They’re the number one team in the world, the number one seeds going down against Thanasi and Nick.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are seen shaking hands with Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic
The crowd at Kia Arena became increasingly rowdier as the match went on
Kyrgios is seen taking a sip of one spectator’s beer after the match
‘They didn’t accept what was going on with the crowd, didn’t accept what was going on with Nick and I think it’s a little bit soft.
‘To take it off the court into the locker room, and not even from the players. From someone from the team, it’s not necessary.’
The match was played at Kia Arena and unlike Rod Laver, there was no 50 per cent capacity restrictions.
The crowd became increasingly rowdier on Friday night with one man even performing a ‘schooey’ with his beer mid game.
The Croatian rivals were not impressed with the spectator’s behaviour.
‘It’s loud. They are pretty loud. Obviously they cheer for Aussies,’ Pavic said afterwards.
‘It wouldn’t hurt them to show some respect to all opponents, to other players.’
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are both out of the singles draw and will either face Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar or Germans Dominik Koepfer and Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round.
The Croatian rivals were not impressed with the spectator’s behaviour
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