Nick Kyrgios renewed his operating feud with Novak Djokovic on Sunday when he mocked the world primary with a grand entrance to an empty Margaret Courtroom Enviornment for his doubles match.
Earlier than a males’s doubles match with associate Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Australian imitated the best way Djokovic celebrates victories with extravagant gestures to all 4 corners of a stadium.
“Simply feeling the love,” the maverick Australian, knocked out of the singles by Dominic Thiem on Friday evening, stated when requested to elucidate his entrance.
“Simply attempting to unfold the great phrase of the celebration. Everybody loves that celebration. It’s effectively preferred.”
Kyrgios described Djokovic as a “instrument” for requesting higher situations for gamers throughout their 14-day pre-tournament quarantine, doubling down on his criticism of the Serbian’s ill-fated Adria Tour early within the COVID-19 pandemic.
Djokovic returned fireplace by saying final week that he didn’t “have a lot respect” for the Australian off the tennis court docket.
Kokkinakis stated there had been nothing malicious within the gestures, simply the doubles companions attempting to generate some power in a stadium court docket devoid of followers due to Melbourne’s five-day coronavirus lockdown.
Kyrgios agreed, however couldn’t resist directing one other barb on the 17-times Grand Slam champion.
“We’re simply having some enjoyable,” he added. “Novak, I’m certain, doesn’t like me and we each have respect for one another, however I don’t like him in any respect, so it’s enjoyable.”