Australian Open 2022: Nick Kyrgios claims tennis rival coach ‘threatened to fight’ after doubles upset

Nick Kyrgios has sensationally claimed that he was threatened with a fight after his doubles upset at the Australian Open on Friday.

Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis knocked out the world No. 1 by beating Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic for what the Croatian Wimbledon and Olympic champions said was a disrespectful audience.

But the match-up turned sour over what Kyrgios said was his opponent’s team disagreed with a player being hit by a ball.

Kyrgios shared the story on Twitter on Saturday morning.

“Just wanted to let you know that my opponent’s coach and trainer started fighting in the doubles gym yesterday after the chop party in the player’s gym,” he wrote.

“Tennis is a soft, soft sport… all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball.”

Nick Kyrgios (third from right) claimed he was threatened with a fight after his double play was upset. Credit: Nine

Kokkinakis was reportedly sharing updates with former Australian player Sam Groth at the time of the incident.

He said it was Pavic’s fitness trainer who apparently challenged Kyrgios.

“That was crazy!! Mans thought it was UFC,” Kokkinakis wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Pavic and Mektic were put off by the rough Kia Arena crowd, even before Kyrgios and Kokkinakis sealed the 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 victory.

“It’s loud. They’re pretty loud. Obviously they’re encouraging the Aussies,” Pavic said after losing the shock.

“We also saw what it was like with (Daniil) Medvedev yesterday.

“So, yeah, I mean, that’s how they are here. We are used to that. But like I said, yes, it wouldn’t hurt them to show some respect.”

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, who are both out in singles, will face Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar, the 16th seed, or the German duo Dominik Koepfer and Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round.

Kyrgios urged the organizers of the Australian Open to move his next doubles match to a bigger court.

Tennis drawcard faces crucial rankings drop

Nick Kyrgios enjoys the moment and doesn’t look ahead. He’s unsure what the future holds after an Australian Open second-round exit left tennis’s most mercurial talent at another crossroads of his career.

As brave and exciting as he was in a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 4-6 6-2 defeat to world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev on Thursday night, Kyrgios faces another alarming freefall on the ranking.

The one-time world number 13 is expected to tumble to 124th after the Open, leaving him well outside the cut-off for direct entry into the last three grand slams of the season.

Kyrgios feared playing on clay courts, despite once beating Roger Federer on the slow red earth, Kyrgios chose not to compete in last year’s French Open before going straight to the greener pastures of Wimbledon.

Kyrgios may be walking the same path in 2022, but if not, he will have to raise his rankings, risk qualifying or chase a wildcard to Roland Garros from May.

Nick Kyrgios
What happens next for Nick Kyrgios is a mystery even to the man himself. Credit: MONKEY


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