‘When he’s doing the other stuff I don’t like it’ – Rafael Nadal gives thoughts on Nick Kyrgios
Rafael Nadal has admitted that ‘of course he doesn’t like’ Nick Kyrgios, but believes the Australian could be a hugely positive force for tennis if he wants to be.
Nadal and Kyrgios have something of a rocky past, with Kyrgios upsetting the world number one by what he perceived as a show of ‘disrespect’ last season by serving underarm to him in a match in Acapulco.
The feud was furthered by comments from Kyrgios, who described Nadal as ‘super-salty’ in defeat.
And, ahead of a potential clash at the Australian Open, Nadal was not overly kind about Kyrgios when asked by reporters if he liked him.
“I don’t know. I don’t know him personally, honestly, to have a clear opinion.
“It’s clear, of course, that when he does stuff that in my opinion is not good, I don’t like.
“When he plays good tennis and shows passion for this game, he is a positive player for our tour, and I want my tour bigger, not smaller.
“So the players who make the tour bigger are important.
“When he’s ready to play his best tennis and play with passion, he is one of those guys.
“When he’s doing the other stuff, of course, I don’t like it.”
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