Tennis terrific Boris Becker has explained why he came at Nick Kyrgios in an unsightly Twitter spat, calling the Aussie a “rat” for slamming the reckless behaviour of some players throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Kyrgios was a singing critic of “selfish” Alexander Zverev’s outright partying shenanigans in Monaco immediately following the German’s contrite vow to self-isolate in the middle of the drama of the Novak Djokovic-led Adria Tour coronavirus cluster. Kyrgios’ Instagram video ripping into Zverev did not go down well with Becker.
” We all reside in the pandemic called #Covid _19! It’s awful and it killed to (sic) many lives … we must protect our families/loved ones and follow the guidelines but still do not like #rats @NickKyrgios @farfetch,” Becker tweeted.
What took place was a tough back-and-forth between Kyrgios and Becker in which the Aussie returned serve, calling the six-time grand slam champion a “doughnut”, and “not the sharpest tool in the shed”.
In an effort to explain his reasoning for assaulting Kyrgios later at night, Becker revealed that he felt the Canberran had actually broken some sort of tennis gamers’ code, despite Zverev’s partying video being posted publicly on social media.
” There is an unspoken understanding in between athletes! Whatever takes place on the court stays there including the lockers! Nobody will discuss it … #respect #sport #fellowship,” Becker stated.
Becker then turned the argument on Kyrgios’ up-and-down on-court type on the ATP Tour, informing him to “man up”.
” I truly wish to see @NickKyrgios satisfy his potential and win a grand slam! He would be an amazing role model for the youth of the world resolving the issues of equality/race/heritage! Man up friend and deliver!” Becker stated.
Kyrgios fired back at the 52- year-old.
” Why are you now discussing tennis? It has absolutely nothing to do with tennis? How about the man who you are defending guys up and offers us some sort of description? Not another typical management apology,” he tweeted.
In replies to some irate fans, Becker suggested that Kyrgios’ misbehavior was publicly calling out Zverev rather of speaking with him independently. Becker did state that Zverev “must be ashamed” for his actions however.
” @AlexZverev broke the quarantine rules and he ought to repent of himself! He is a role model for lots of tennis fans a bright star on the horizon but still do not like rats … #word,” he tweeted.
In another exchange with a German fan who was clearly unimpressed with the response to Kyrgios, Becker said: “Regrettably you have no concept what it has to do with … but luckily we reside in democracy!”
And in a retweet Becker relatively endorsed the Serbian Prime Minister shifting blame from Djokovic and putting responsibility for the Adria Tour controversy on the federal government not the world no. 1.
Kyrgios has honestly shared his uncertainty about tennis’ passion to return amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, consisting of the United States Open’s decision to proceed in New york city from August31
Kyrgios also called Djokovic spearheading the unfortunate Adria Tour in the Balkans as a “boneheaded decision”, and informed his lots of critics not to target him “for anything ‘reckless’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ [because] this takes the cake”.
Talking to Australian blog site Basketball Forever last night, Kyrgios stated that the tennis community were not being client enough thinking about the life and death circumstance at play around the world.
” At this phase I think tennis is method too dangerous, specifically with the new cases i saw the other day in the States. It’s quite busy,” Kyrgios stated in an Instagram live video.
” I believe we’re forcing it a little bit excessive. If we saw a gradual decline in cases, and deaths going down … [but] there’s still cases in Australia. In Victoria there was a balloon of cases the other day that simply appeared and it shows it’s not a joke.
” I seem like the tennis world isn’t taking it seriously enough.
” With all the things happening with Djokovic and other players, people think I’m attacking these players, but I simply think people aren’t taking it serious. People are, like, losing their lives, their households over this, do you understand what I indicate? It’s not a joke.
” I’m not exactly sure if an international sport like tennis, where athletes originate from all over the world, I do not believe it’s the right time to play it.”