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Nick Kyrgios has taken a brutal swipe at Bernard Tomic by branding his compatriot the “most hated athlete in Australia.” Relations have long been sour between the two former friends, but in another explosive twist this week, the two players became embroiled in a war of words on social media.
It was all ignited when Kyrgios, who earlier this year dramatically won the Australian Open doubles’ title with Thanasi Kokkinakis, responded to a fan who claimed Tomic was a better player than him. The Canberra man responded by saying his rival needs to ‘quiet down’.
Tomic, 29, responded, then hit back in bizarre fashion, claiming Kyrgios was still jealous of his feats as a teenager: “He knows he can’t re-write history. The records that I set when I was 16, 17, 18, and 19 – youngest slam quarter-finalist at Wimbledon [since Boris Becker], the biggest tournament in the world. He knows he can’t change that.”
The back-and-forth continued until Kyrgios, 27, uploaded a brutal post on Instagram. He posted an image highlighting the recent record and current world ranking of the 29-year-old, which now stands at 413, and his recent poor results on the Challenger Tour.
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“Bernard, I didn’t realise it was this bad. I low key feel bad now,” he wrote on his Instagram story. “Hit me up if you need me to help you remember how to play. Geezus.” And the attack didn’t stop there, with Kyrgios also mocking the 29-year-old’s apparent lack of star appeal.
“Let’s not forget the time I paid for your flight home from Shanghai because you had no money. Hahaha re write history, you are the most HATED athlete in Australia. You are right, no one can take over that.”
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Kyrgios has a career high ranking of 13 and currently sits at No 77. His best displays in an individual Grand Slam came at Wimbledon in 2014 and then the Australian Open a year later, reaching the last-16 on both occasions.
Tomic rose as high of 17 and like Kyrgios, has reached the fourth round of his own Slam in 2012, 2015, and 2016. He was only 19 when he reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2011, which remains his best effort at SW19.
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