Goran Ivanisevic critical of Nick Kyrgios’ remarks about Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

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Nick Kyrgios sarcastic applause

Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has expressed his disappointment in Nick Kyrgios’ public criticism of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The controversial Kyrgios did not hold back during an interview with the No Challenges podcast as he described 17-time Grand Slam winner Nadal as “super salty” and he also said “Novak just riles me the wrong way”.

Ivanisevic was asked for his views on Kyrgios’ comments and replied: “These guys are 350 days a year together, you don’t need to talk badly about your colleagues. Maybe you like somebody more or less but how someone is going to celebrate, I mean, who cares?

“In your mind your own things, you do what you do but you don’t talk badly about your colleagues. For me, it’s the only thing he should change. Do your things when you play him, beat him and then you can laugh to him but don’t make comments, it’s not good.

“If I played him [and he’d said that about me] I would try to beat him but no I don’t think he would say that. I never disrespect in any interview with any other player. He should not do that, that I don’t like.

“This is one big family every week there are different tournaments. Some days are better days, some are worse days. But how you’ll celebrate a victory or how you’re going to do this or that, who cares?”

As for his on-court performances, Kyrgios is known to play brilliantly one moment before losing his way the next.

Ivanisevic believes the Australian “he has everything”, but needs to produce it from the start of teh match until the end.

“I would like him to see one Grand Slam that he goes from the first to the last point until the match at the end,” the Croatian said.

“I guarantee you any day he can beat any player. He’s capable with his shots, he’s a good athlete, unbelievable serve, unbelievable forehand. He has everything.”

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