Nick Kyrgios has once again targeted Novak Djokovic, saying he is ‘a heck of a tennis player but a very strange cat.’
Australian Kyrgios has led a persistent campaign against the world number one over the last 12 months, using his social media and podcast interviews to publicly criticise him.
Djokovic has mostly kept a dignified distance, but he responded this week saying that, while he is an admirer of his tennis, he ‘does not respect Kyrgios off the court.’
Kyrgios, though, has gone after him again, saying he ‘has gone about things extremely well.’
“It’s a strange one for me,” Kyrgios said after his Australian Open first round win. “I read his comments. He said he doesn’t respect me off the court.
“I’m like, it actually would make complete sense to me if he was like, ‘I don’t respect the guy on the court’, because I understand if he doesn’t agree with some of my antics on the court that I’ve done in the past.
“[But] when we’ve played matches, I think I’ve been pretty good towards him. I’m not quite sure how you can’t respect me off the court.
“I feel like I’ve gone about things extremely well, especially during the pandemic, I was driving around delivering food to people during the pandemic that couldn’t get the supplies.
“I was extremely careful about what I was doing – I didn’t want to spread the virus to anyone. Now, I’m actually trying to donate meal kits to people who need food. I have a foundation.
“So it’s very strange to me why he would say he doesn’t respect me off the court – I actually do a lot off the court.
“But he’s a very strange cat, Novak is. A heck of a tennis player but unfortunately someone who’s partying with his shirt off during a global pandemic, I don’t know if I can take any slack from that man. That’s as bad as it gets for me.”
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