AFL Footy Show stars Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman have slammed Nick Kyrgios after the tennis star’s latest act of petulance.
Kyrgios gave a series of short, disinterested answers in his post-match press conference after losing to Stan Wawrinka at the Toronto Masters.
It was highlighted on Thursday night’s episode of the Channel 9 show — and Newman and McGuire ripped in.
“I’ve been a great defender of Nick’s and if he doesn’t want to try or (he wants to) throw games, that’s completely up to him because it’s an individual sport,” Newman said.
“But that (his press conference) is gratuitously infantile and he should be reprimanded by the tennis authorities for being a dick.”
“It’s unbelievable, isn’t it?” McGuire added. “Not that we promote violence but if Andrew Gaff had one left in him …”
McGuire’s comments prompted uneasy laughter from the audience after a week in which the West Coast Eagles midfielder dominated headlines after breaking the jaw of Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw with a left-handed punch.
Kyrgios lost to former world No. 3 and one-time sparring partner Wawrinka in the opening round of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Canada.
Kyrgios, who last week withdrew from a tournament in Washington DC due to an ongoing injury, raced through the opening set but was unable to win the big points when they mattered most to go down 1-6 7-5 7-5.
The world No. 17 showed glimpses of his best, however, unleashing a brutal forehand winner that even three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka applauded.
It was one of 44 winners Kyrgios struck to Wawrinka’s 35. The Swiss had 23 unforced errors to 34 for Kyrgios.
“It’s great to see him back,” Kyrgios said of Wawrinka. “Matches like can give him positives … I can’t take any positives from that for me.”
Kyrgios was at the centre of controversy in Canada three years ago when he alleged that fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with Wawrinka’s girlfriend, Donna Vekic.
Wawrinka said in the lead-up to Tuesday’s match that the relationship between him and Kyrgios was “not an issue”.
“It’s true that we had a clinker,” he told Tennis World, “but time has gone since when we lift the spirits. Facing him on Tuesday is not an issue at all.”
— with AAP