Nick Kyrgios reignites his war of words with fellow Aussie tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic – then has a nap at World Tennis League match after Novak Djokovic pulled out of their clash
The feud between tennis bad boys Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic has been reignited after a fan posed a question on Twitter surrounding the allocation of wildcard spots ahead of the Australian Open next month.
On Thursday, Tennis Australia confirmed young guns Alexei Popyrin, Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata won’t have to qualify for the men’s singles draw.
When one Twitter user suggested Tomic, 30, deserved a wildcard at Melbourne Park, Kyrgios responded: ‘Hahahahaha NO HE DOESN’T.’
Fallen star Tomic, ranked 462 in the world, is yet to respond publicly.
However, given the pair’s colourful history – including the suggestion they sort out their differences in a boxing ring as well as a ‘winner takes all’ tennis match worth $1million – a reply is likely not far off.
Wimbledon finalist Kyrgios, 27, is currently in Dubai competing in the World Tennis League exhibition tournament.
The feud between tennis bad boys Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic has been reignited after a fan posed a question on Twitter ahead of the Australian Open
Fallen star Tomic is now ranked 462 in the world and has played a handful of third-tier tournaments this year in a sad fall from grace
After Novak Djokovic withdrew from his exhibition match in Dubai versus Kyrgios, the showman Aussie pretended to have a nap courtside (pictured)
His highly anticipated showdown with Novak Djokovic didn’t eventuate after the Serbian superstar withdrew due to illness at the last minute.
Plenty of supporters were unhappy, with the price of tickets excessive in the eyes of many.
Kyrgios still entertained the crowd, pretending to have a nap courtside at one stage.
‘I’m a massive fan of the team environment, I think it’s pretty cool,’ Kyrgios said when asked about the World Tennis League format.
‘It’s a good experience for the fans and the players, the teams aspect gives tennis a bit of a different dynamic.’
This was the year Kyrgios finally delivered on his potential.
Besides his impressive exploits at the All England Club, he also won the Australian Open doubles title with good mate Thanasi Kokkinakis and made the quarter-finals at the US Open.
Kyrgios will return to Australia after Christmas to play in the inaugural United Cup, starting on December 29.
Matches will be staged in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.