Nick Kyrgios claims a rival’s coach “threatened to fight him” after his doubles win at the Australian Open.
Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis beat seeded men’s doubles Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the second round.
The Australian sniper is never far from drama and has once again been at the center of controversy.
A flashpoint occurred when Kyrgios hit one of the Croatian duos with a ball during the game, and things escalated after the game.
Kyrgios wrote on Twitter: “Just to let you know that after yesterday’s doubles fest my opponents coach and trainer started threatening to fight in the players gym, tennis is a sweet sweet sport @TKokkinakis all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball. ”
Kokkinakis replied, “That was crazy!! Mans thought it was @ufc.
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley claimed this sort of thing was “not unusual”.
“There was a lot of passion and a lot of energy in the stadium and I think that carried over beyond the stadium,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I’ve spoken to Nick and the team and it’s not unusual.
“It’s not uncommon… when you have a situation like this and the players are beaten and they’re supposed to win the game and there’s so much passion from the fans.”
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