Novak Djokovic has attempted to draw a line under the on-going dialogue between himself and Nick Kyrgios saying he has ‘no interest’ in meeting with him.
Kyrgios has launched a series of public criticisms at Djokovic over the last 12 months, recently labelling him a ‘tool’ on social media for requesting better conditions for players who were disadvantaged by hard quarantine restrictions.
Djokovic, in the most part, has resisted any retaliation, however he did reveal in a pre-tournament press conference that he didn’t have much respect for the controversial Australian.
Kyrgios quickly replied to the comments, calling Djokovic a ‘strange cat’ and said that he “can’t take any slack from that man.”
The world number one, who eased through to the second round of the Australian Open beating Jeremy Chardy, was asked in his post-match conference if him and Kyrgios should meet and talk openly to resolve the issues between them.
Djokovic replied: “I really do not want to comment on that too much because that is what he is looking for: some kind of debate, attention, who knows, but I am not going to give it to him because he does not deserve it.”
“That is it. I do not feel the need or do I feel that we should sit and talk, I have absolutely no interest in the guy.”
Kyrgios is also through to the second round of the Australian Open after beating qualifier Frederico Ferreira Silva in straight sets.
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