Novak Djokovic on fresh Nick Kyrgios swipe: ‘He’s looking for attention, but I’m not going to give it to him’

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Novak Djokovic insists he is not interested in sitting down with Nick Kyrgios to discuss their differences, saying “I have absolutely no interest in the guy”.

The pair have never seen eye to eye, but the war of words escalated in recent weeks after Kyrgios labelled the world No 1 “a tool” following his request to authorities to provide better conditions for players in hard lockdown.

During a press conference ahead of his first-round match at the Australian Open, Djokovic was asked about the Australian’s comments and replied: “Off the court I don’t have much respect for him, to be honest. I won’t say more.”

And Kyrgios, of course, was never going to let an opportunity to hit back go to waste as he called the 17-time Grand Slam winner “a very strange cat” on Monday.

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The Serb was then asked to respond after his first-round win at Melbourne Park on Monday and initially said: “No.”

It was later suggested to him that he should meet with Kyrgios to clear the air, but he was having none of it.

“I really don’t want to comment on that too much because that is what he is looking for: some kind of debate, attention, who knows, but I am not going to give it to him because he does not deserve it. That is it,” he said.

“I do not feel the need nor do I feel we should sit and talk, I have absolutely no interest in the guy.”

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