Nick Kyrgios has gone after Pat Rafters about the latter’s comments on why he has not been banned due to his irrational behavious during the hardcourt season in USA.
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Kyrgios responded through Twitter saying,
“Probably because everywhere I play the stadiums are sold out, and the event makes money with me around? Not surprised rafter has commented on this topic, guy loves hanging fellow aussies out to dry. Enjoy staying relevant champ.”
This was after Rafter had acknowledged Kyrgios of being one of the top players who brought bums to the seats at tournaments but asserted that crowds weren’t everything.
Kyrgios has developed a reputation of being eccentric on the court and some people found it unpleasant. Rafter’ss disapproval of Australia’s number one came after similar remarks from the great Rod Laver, who said that a suspension was rather justified after a series of occurrences over the ATP season.
Recently, Kyrgios was fined $167,000 for dissent at Cincinnati Masters in August. The world number 27 is still being investigated by ATP regarding his comments about corruption at the US Open which he later withdrew.
The Aussie has had a successful year on tour, winning two singles titles in Washington and Acapulco. His success in Acapulco was especially great as he shrugged off three of the world’s best 10 players, including Rafael Nadal.
At the moment, the 24-year-old has arrived in Switzerland to play in his third consecutive Laver Cup for team Rest of the world. The team has fallen to Team Europe twice before, Kyrgios featuring both times. Kyrgios has won three of the five matches he has played at the Laver Cup.