Nick Kyrgios says he does not criticise Novak Djokovic for media attention, but because he believes no one else 'holds him accountable' for mistakes.
Kyrgios has been a long-time critic with him especially scathing of the Serbian star over the ill-fated coronavirus-hit Adria Tour in the summer of 2020.
He reopened that argument last week when he branded Djokovic 'a tool' for trying to involve himself in Australian Open quarantine policy.
Now, Kyrgios has defended his position on Djokovic, insisting that his constant berating of the world number one is fair.
"[Djokovic is] one of our leaders of our sport," Kyrgios told CNN.
"He's technically our LeBron James in the way he has to be setting an example for all tennis players.
"When he was doing some of the things he was doing during the global pandemic, it just wasn't the right time.
"I know everyone makes mistakes, some of us go off track sometimes, and I think we have to hold each other accountable.
"We're colleagues at the end of the day; we compete against each other, we play in the same sport.
"No one else was really holding him (Djokovic) accountable. Everyone loses their way a little bit but I think he just needs to pull it back.
"I'm not doing any of this sort of stuff for media attention: these are the morals I've grown up with and I was just trying to do my part."
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