Boris Becker and Nick Kyrgios exchanged verbal blows Tuesday on Twitter after the Australian branded fellow tennis star Alexander Zverev “egocentric” for partying in the course of the Corona Virus pandemic, regardless of promising to self-isolate.
German legend Becker, a six-time Grand Slam winner, took umbrage with Kyrgios’ remark over viral footage of Zverev partying regardless of pledging to “observe self-isolating tips” after taking part in in Novak Djokovic’s Corona Virus-hit Adria Tour.
Zverev took half within the exhibition occasion organized by Djokovic, who final week examined constructive for COVID-19 together with Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.
The 23-year-old Zverev examined adverse and vowed to isolate however was purportedly filmed at a busy bar over the weekend, main an exasperated Kyrgios to slam his habits on Instagram on Monday.
Becker, the top of German males’s tennis, stood up for his compatriot and fired again at Kyrgios on Tuesday.
“Don’t like no #rats! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/lady is not any buddy of mine! Look your self within the mirror and suppose you are higher than us… @NickKyrgios.”
Kyrgios rapidly responded amid of flurry of back-and-forth tweets.
“For goodness sake Boris, I’m not competing or attempting to throw anybody beneath the bus,” he wrote.
“It’s a world pandemic and if somebody is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has achieved, I’ll name him out for it. Simple.”
Kyrgios adopted up with: “@TheBorisBecker is an even bigger doughnut than I assumed. Can hit a volley, clearly not the sharpest software within the shed although.”
Seemingly in an try to chill the spat, Becker replied: “You’re humorous man ….how is it down beneath? Respect all the rules?”
However Kyrgios, who has by no means superior previous the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, dismissed the previous world primary, saying: “Haha nah bro I’m good, do not act such as you’re my buddy now since you received sat down.”
Becker, a former coach to 17-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic, was unimpressed.
“I actually wish to see @NickKyrgios fulfill his potential and win a grand slam! He could be an unimaginable position mannequin for the youth of the world addressing the problems of equality/race/heritage! Man up buddy and ship!” wrote Becker.
Kyrgios criticized Becker for defending Zverev, who he says ought to apologize for breaking his promise.
“Why are you now speaking about tennis? It has nothing to do with tennis?” mentioned the Australian.
“How in regards to the dude who you might be defending mans up and offers us some form of clarification? Not one other common administration apology.”
Both world quantity seven Zverev and Kyrgios, ranked 40th, are as a consequence of play at an occasion in Berlin from July 13-19.