Australian Open 2021: Nick Kyrgios labels Novak Djokovic ‘an odd cat’ as feud with Serbian ace intensifies

Australian Open 2021: Nick Kyrgios labels Novak Djokovic ‘an odd cat’ as feud with Serbian ace intensifies

Kyrgios has waged a operating battle with Djokovic, sparked by the Serb’s ill-fated Adria Tour exhibition collection final yr because the coronavirus pandemic raged.

Australian Open 2021: Nick Kyrgios labels Novak Djokovic 'a strange cat' as feud with Serbian ace intensifies

Nick Kyrgios in motion throughout his Australian Open first spherical conflict towards Frederico Ferreira. AP

Melbourne: Nick Kyrgios has hit again at criticism from Novak Djokovic, describing the world primary as “a really unusual cat” after the Serb stated he had little respect for the Australian off court docket.

Kyrgios has waged a operating battle with Djokovic, sparked by the Serb’s ill-fated Adria Tour exhibition collection final yr because the coronavirus pandemic raged.

Djokovic stated in Melbourne over the weekend he had blended views on Kyrgios, who not too long ago known as him a “device”, respecting his tennis talents however not his off-court antics.

“It is a unusual one for me. I learn his feedback — he stated he would not respect me off the court docket,” stated Kyrgios, who has additionally beforehand blasted the 17-time Grand Slam winner as having “an obsession with desirous to be appreciated”.

“It truly would make full sense to me if he was like, ‘I do not respect the man on the court docket’, as a result of I perceive if he would not agree with a few of my antics on the court docket that I’ve accomplished up to now.

“I am not fairly positive how one can’t respect me off the court docket,” he added.

“I really feel like I’ve gone about issues extraordinarily properly, particularly through the pandemic.”

Kyrgios stated throughout his time away from the sport final yr, he delivered meals to folks in want and was extremely cautious to abide by COVID-19 laws, opting to not journey for the US and French Opens.

“I truly do lots off the court docket,” he stated.

“However he is a really unusual cat, Novak is. A heck of a tennis participant, however sadly somebody who’s partying together with his shirt off throughout a worldwide pandemic, I do not know if I can take any slack from that man.”

Djokovic’s Adria Tour was organised to fill the hole within the virus-hit tennis calendar final yr, however was broadly criticised for an absence of mask-wearing and social-distancing.

The Serb was amongst a number of gamers seen partying at a packed Belgrade night time membership regardless of the menace from the virus.

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