Nick Kyrgios tells Mats Wilander to ‘shut up’ after Andy Murray criticism, Karen Khachanov chimes in

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Nick Kyrgios pointing the finger

Nick Kyrgios decided to stand up for “one of his own” in Andy Murray following Mats Wilander’s suggestion that it is time for the Scot to call it a day, but Karen Khachanov then hit back at the Australian asking him to “show some respect”.

It all started on Sunday when three-time Grand Slam winner Murray suffered a disappointing 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 defeat in the first round of the French Open against Stan Wawrinka.

Former world No 1 Wilander then questioned Murray’s decision to still play on the ATP Tour level despite struggling following his hip resurfacing surgery at the start of 2019.

Mats Wilander questions why Andy Murray is still playing on what feels like his farewell tour

“I worry about Andy Murray,” Wilander told Eurosport. “I would love to hear him say why he is out there, giving us a false sense of hope that he is going to come back one day.

“I keep getting a little bit disappointed, is it his right to be out there doing that? Why? I did it and I shouldn’t have, it was the biggest mistake I did in my career.

“I think Andy Murray needs to stop thinking of himself and start thinking about who he was. Does he have a right to be out there taking wildcards from the young players?”

Kyrgios then decided to come to the defence of his friend Murray on Twitter, telling Wilander to “shut up” as “no one cares” about his opinion.

“Just read what Wilander said about @andy_murray …. shut up Mats, no one cares. Muzz, just know that how ever long you stay, we all appreciate and enjoy your tennis and banter. Also I’ve never watched a point of Mats Wilander. 😂🤦🏽♂️” he wrote.

Fellow pro Khachanov then urged the Australian to “show some respect”, but Kyrgios was having none of it and replied: “Nah I’m good dude. Muzz and I respect eachother, and if someone starts talking about one of mine then I’ll come at them. I’m supposed to respect Mats? For what? Hitting a ball over the net? I don’t give my respect for that.”

Of course Khachanov wanted to have another word, saying although he “doesn’t have a problem” with Kyrgios, he is clearly not fond of players making comments about the others.

“Bro it’s your call.I really think you are a good lad and I don’t have any problem with you,” he wrote. “But once you are sitting at home and writing different comments about players that makes me think who has the real problem..”

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