Nick Kyrgios takes aim at ‘joke’ clay-court tournaments during the middle of hard-court season

Nick Kyrgios raging PA

Nick Kyrgios has voiced his unhappiness with the clay-court tournaments that take place during hard-court season, saying it is not good for the sport.

The hard-court season traditionally runs from the start of the year until the end of March and then resumes again in July.

However, in recent years several clay-court tournaments have taken place in between the season-opening Grand Slam, the Australian Open, and the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open) in March.

This year’s calendar features red-dirt events in Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Rio and Santiago.

Kyrgios voiced his concerns about the calendar on Twitter following a tweet about Gianluca Mager jumping to No 77 in the ATP Rankings after finishing runner-up at the ATP 500 Rio Open over the weekend.

“If you think having all these clay-court tournaments whilst we are in the midst of the hard court season is good for the sport and the future of tennis continue to argue,” he wrote.

After someone else tweeted “i’m soooo not defending the golden swing – rio is a fucking joke and santiago next week is an even bigger one. just didn’t understand popyrins inclusion in the initial tweet” and Kyrgios replied with “Factsssss”.

However, the Australian made it clear that he was wasn’t having a go at Italian Mager, but rather at the events itself.

“I’m not going at anyone. I’m going at these tournaments,” he wrote.

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