Nick Kyrgios and ‘saltiest dude’ Fernando Verdasco in Twitter row
Nick Kyrgios and Fernando Verdasco were involved in a Twitter spat after the Australian called the Spaniard “the saltiest dude”.
Verdasco was playing Kyrgios’ compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in the fourth round at the Miami Open and the two players had several heated on-court exchanges.
The Spaniard at one point asked for a fan to be removed, but it turned out to be Kokkinakis’ father.
Meanwhile, Kyrgios decided to add to the drama by tweeting that he wanted Verdasco to lose.
“I hope TK wins this match, Verdasco is the saltiest dude, must be frustrated at his past success against Aussies,” he wrote.
The tweet was later deleted, but Verdasco nevertheless found out and also took to Twitter to accuse Kyrgios of lacking courage.
@NickKyrgios when you have the courage to put a tweet insulting another player you need to have the same to don’t delete it.
— Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) March 26, 2018
Kyrgios had one last go at the world No 39, who at this stage had blocked him on Twitter.
I would honestly have told it to Fernando’s face, the reason I deleted my previous tweet was because I didn’t want to cause unwanted attention, but I’m just gonna leave this here. Thanks for blocking me, I’m sure that took a lot of courage x
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) March 26, 2018
In case you were wondering, Verdasco beat Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
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