Nick Kyrgios continued his barrage of Novak Djokovic by mocking his traditional celebration as he walked onto court to play doubles.
Kyrgios has regularly targeted Djokovic over the last 18 months, and that has been intensified at the Australian Open.
Usually his attacks come via words, but this time he let his actions do the talking as he sarcastically imitated the world number one before later declaring ‘I don’t like him.’
“Just feeling the love,” Kyrgios explained afterwards. “Just trying to spread the good word of the celebration. Everyone loves that celebration. It’s well liked.
“We’re just having some fun. Novak, I’m sure, doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all, so it’s fun,
“We just banter anyway. When we tweet or when we just do stuff, it’s for fun.
“You can’t take it all too seriously.”
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) February 14, 2021
Kyrgios’ doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis said the way they entered the court was to try and compensate for there being no fans in the stadium.
“We were just having some fun out there really because there was no one in the crowd,” Kokkinakis said.
“So we were just trying to enjoy ourselves and kind of get a bit of atmosphere and energy about us. It’s nothing malicious, we just like to have some fun.
“Look, looking around there’s literally just blue, and we’re like, wow, this is tough. But we’re just trying to have some fun.
“I know tennis players are very serious, so I think that’s why we’ve kind of got a bit of energy about us.”
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