Nick Kyrgios brands Novak Djokovic a ‘tool’ following Australian Open quarantine squabble
Nick Kyrgios has hit out at Novak Djokovic after the world No 1 made several requests to authorities to change quarantine conditions for those confined to their hotel rooms.
Players, support staff and officials arrived on board chartered flights in Melbourne last week ahead of the 2021 Australian Open, but a couple of people returned positive coronavirus tests.
As a result, 72 players have gone into hard quarantine for 14 days.
More Australian Open players go into isolation taking number up to 72
Djokovic reportedly took it upon himself to ask for better conditions for those players and urged officials to reduce the quarantine period and provide better food and “private houses with tennis courts”.
However, the requests were met with a “firm no” from authorities and the 17-time Grand Slam winner has come in for quite a bit of criticism from Australians.
‘It’s a firm NO from me’ – Officials reject Novak Djokovic and co’s Australian Open quarantine requests
Kyrgios is the latest to add his voice to the chorus of those outraged by the demands as he labelled Djokovic a tool while also criticising Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend for having “no perspective”.
Tomic and his girlfriend Vanessa Sierra have been documenting their stay in their hotel room on social media.
The tone of the coverage down under… #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vDrHKaGw2K
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 18, 2021
“Djokovic is a tool,” wrote Kyrgios on Twitter. “I don’t mind Bernie but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes.”
Djokovic is a tool. I don’t mind Bernie but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes 🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/MMgeriH2GJ
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 18, 2021
The Australian Open is due to start on February 8 with the tournament already pushed back by three weeks in order for players to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Australia.
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