Nick Kyrgios on Novak Djokovic: ‘He’s technically our LeBron James and has to set an example for tennis’
Nick Kyrgios has likened Novak Djokovic to NBA great LeBron James, saying he has to “set an example for all tennis players” while also warning that he won’t hesitate to hold the world No 1 accountable.
The Australian has made no secret of the fact that he is not Djokovic’s biggest fan, describing him as “fake” during an interview in 2019, adding that the Serbian “wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him”.
Kyrgios took plenty more swipes at Djokovic in 2020, calling the 17-time Grand Slam winner “boneheaded” after he organised the controversial Adria Tour during the coronavirus pandemic.
And last week he was at it again as he labelled the Serbian “a tool” for sending a list of proposals to Australian Open organisers about easing quarantine regulations for tennis players.
Kyrgios believes Djokovic is tennis’ version of four-time NBA champion James, who has been very outspoken against social injustices, but warns it is important to keep him in check”.
“I think it’s very important, especially as one of the leaders of our sport. He’s technically our LeBron James,” he told CNN.
Kyrgios added: “He has to set an example for all tennis players out there and set an example for tennis. I think when he was doing some of the things that he was doing during the global pandemic, it just wasn’t the right time.
“I know everyone makes mistakes. Even some of us go off track sometimes but I think we need to hold each other accountable.
“No one else was really holding him accountable. Everyone loses their way a little bit but I think he just needs to pull it back.
“I’m not doing any of this stuff for media attention, these are the morals that I’ve grown up with. I was just trying to do my part.”
T365 Recalls: When Serena Williams wondered ‘where do I go from here’ after thrashing Maria Sharapova at London Olympics
“I have everything there is to win in tennis.”
Where next for Pogba, Lingard, James and the rest of Man Utd’s unwanted ten?
Man United reportedly willing to listen to offers for ten players,
Nick Kyrgios gives brutal assessment about his game and mentality after defeat, saying ‘my head’s in the shed’
“I’m losing and I’m barely getting angry,” says Nick Kyrgios.
Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic’s Calendar Grand Slam effort: ‘I definitely believe that he can do it’
“When you win three, you can win four,” says Rafael Nadal.
Former champion Andy Murray accepts wildcard entry for Cincinnati Masters
Andy Murray to return to Cincinnati.
‘I’m sorry to be missing out on Montreal,’ says Naomi Osaka as she leads high-profile withdrawals
Naomi Osaka’s WTA Tour return delayed.
Missing Wimbledon was ‘the right thing to do’, says Rafael Nadal as he prepares for Washington debut
Rafael Nadal “super happy” to be back on Tour after extended break.
‘Part-time player’ Nick Kyrgios reveals how ‘hate, racism, bulls**t’ drove him ‘into a place of dark’
“I did fall into places where people like Naomi Osaka are now speaking about mental illness,” says Kyrgios.
Patient Emma Raducanu vows to continue learning curve after San Jose defeat
The 18-year-old reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Naomi Osaka headlines Montreal field that includes Tokyo champion Belinda Bencic, and Bianca Andreescu
Naomi Osaka set to be the top seed at the Canadian Open.