Nick Kyrgios (R) beat Alexander Zverev in last year's Mexico Open final Photo: AFP

Kyrgios lashes 'selfish' Zverev after viral party video


Nick Kyrgios let rip at "selfish" fellow tennis star Alexander Zverev Monday after the German was seen partying despite promising to self-isolate following Novak Djokovic's coronavirus-hit Adria Tour.

Zverev was part of the exhibition event organised by the world number one where social distancing was minimal, matches took place in front of thousands of fans and players were even seen at a nightclub, despite the pandemic.

Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

While Zverev tested negative, he released a statement afterwards vowing to self-isolate, only to be spotted at a busy bar, apparently over the weekend, in footage that went viral.

Kyrgios, who had slammed the decision to hold the Adria Tour as "bone-headed", said he was unhappy with the behaviour of some of the biggest names in the sport.

"So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world. One that stuck out for me was seeing 'Sacha' Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be?" he said on Instagram Monday.

"If you have the audacity to put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you're going to self-isolate for 14 days and apologising to the general public for putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days, my god."

The flamboyant Australia added: "This tennis world... seriously how selfish can you all get?"

Zverev and Kyrgios, two of the most exciting players on tour, have history.

Ahead of this year's Australian Open, Zverev unloaded on Kyrgios, who had provocatively performed push-ups when the German was serving double faults during the ATP Cup.

"I think there's a lot of young guys that are right now, no offence, just better than him," said Zverev, playing down Kyrgios's chances of winning a Grand Slam.

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Ha! For once, it's Kyrgios who's the mature one.

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I like Nick. Unlike other recent allegedly bad boy Aussie tennis players such as Lleyton Hewitt or the spoilt brat Bernard Tomic, he's an individual with character, a conscience and a sense of humour. And I particularly like the serves he's been giving lately (pun intended) to the anti-vaxxer Novak Djokovic and the hypocrites like Zverev.

Sure, Nick Kyrgios may never win a major. But if he doesn't care that much about it, neither do I.

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Wow, you know you really screw up when Kyrgios tells you are being selfish :)

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As I said in another sports related post a while back, 99% of professional athletes are NOT role models by any stretch of the imagination. Of course, Kyrgios included.

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