Aussie tennis icon John Newcombe backs Boris Becker in war of words with Nick Kyrgios

Australian tennis icon John Newcombe believes Nick Kyrgios is in the right for calling out Alexander Zverev, but has sided with Boris Becker when it comes to the outspoken star’s methods.

Kyrgios dismissed Becker as a “doughnut” after being branded a rat by the tennis legend for calling out the antics of German ace Zverev.

However, Newcombe believes Becker has a point, suggesting the Australian takes his complaints to Zverev personally rather than calling him out publicly on social media.

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Kyrgios torches Zverev: ‘How selfish can you get?!’

Tennis: Nick Kyrgios has gone at Shasha Zverev after he was caught partying while the tennis world still suffers from the effects of COVID-19.

“Nick is Nick. The other guys are obviously stupid,” Newcombe told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I don’t go out of my way to think about what Nick is thinking. You wouldn’t know what he is going to come up with next but I think it’s good that he’s calling people out. If that’s what he wants to do, that’s good.

“I know when we were playing, if you had a problem you took it to the person. You didn’t make it public. But it’s a different world, I guess.”

Zverev busted partying up

Tennis: Germany’s Alexander Zverev has been labelled a ‘wildly self-centered’ after video footage emerged of him partying in Europe.

Videos emerged on Monday of Zverev partying in Monaco just days after being swept up in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour debacle.

Zverev had pledged to self-isolate after featuring in the ill-fated tour that led to Djokovic, his wife, three more players and other members of their various entourage testing positive to coronavirus following a stint at a Belgrade nightclub.

A stunned Kyrgios labelled Zverev selfish and called the world No.7 out on social media.

But Becker was none too happy with the Canberran’s take-down. “Don’t like no #rats ! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine! Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us…@NickKyrgios @farfetch,” Becker tweeted on Tuesday night.

“We all live in the pandemic called #Covid_19 ! It’s terrible and it killed to many lives…we should protect our families/loved ones and follow the guidelines but still don’t like #rats @NickKyrgios @farfetch.”

We all live in the pandemic called #Covid_19 ! It’s terrible and it killed to many lives…we should protect our families/loved ones and follow the guidelines but still don’t like #rats @NickKyrgios @farfetch

Kyrgios was quick to strike back.

“Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people. WHEN my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something,” he replied before following up with a second serve.

“Boris Becker is a bigger doughnut than I thought. Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”

Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people. WHEN my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something.

@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought. 😂😂 can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.

For goodness sake Boris, I’m not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus. It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I’ll call him out for it. Simple.

The slanging match continued with Becker, a six-times grand slam champion and former world No.1, saying: ‘Your funny guy ….how is it down under? Respect all the guidelines?”

“Haha nah bro I’m good, don’t act like you’re my friend now because you got sat down,” Kyrgios tweeted.

Zverev had been widely condemned after being filmed dancing in a crowded room in Moncao, prompting Kyrgios to take the 22-year-old to task on Instagram. “So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world, but one that stuck out for me was seeing Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be? How selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said.

Originally published asNewcombe: Sorry Nick, Boris was right

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