Stefanos Tsitsipas has been reluctantly drawn into the Nick Kyrgios – Novak Djokovic conversation following heated exchanges between the two players at the Australian Open.
Tsitsipas comfortably eased into the second round of the Grand Slam putting on an impressive display to beat former world number six Giles Simon in straight sets.
After the match, Tsitsipas entertained the crowds in a unique on-court interview which ended with him joking “This was the last thing I was expecting, to play at Rod Laver, everyone laughing at me.”
But in the Greek’s post-match press conference, Tsitsipas was asked to comment on the ongoing dialogue between fellow players Kyrgios and Djokovic.
Kyrgios has publicly criticised Djokovic on a number of occasions over the last 12 months, most recently calling him a ‘tool’ and a ‘strange cat’.
Meanwhile Djokovic, who has remained quiet for the most part, admitted this week that he doesn’t have much respect for Kyrgios.
After initially appearing hesitant to answer, Tsitsipas, who is currently ranked six in the world, did go on to give his opinion.
“They can do whatever they want. From a tennis player perspective, I mean, Nick likes to say things sometimes, some of them can be true, some of them can be a little bit, can cross the line and be too much.” admitted Tsitsipas.
“He’s a guy who doesn’t really have a filter and he says things as they are.
“Stupid things that he did in the past, and I’m sure he’s aware of and obviously, you know, can’t deny them.
“There are a few things he has said in interviews and quotations and headlines that he has created that could be considered as true. So it lays somewhere in between.”
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