Kyrgios branded ‘silly little brat’ in savage putdown after award rant

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Nick Kyrgios has been slammed in a brutal dig following his response to losing the Newcombe Medal. The world No 22 claimed there was “no respect” as he was snubbed for this year’s now-retired Australian Open champion Ash Barty, and TalkSPORT’s Simon Jordan has now savaged Kyrgios in response, calling him a “silly little brat”.

Kyrgios lashed out when Barty won this year’s Newcombe Medal – a prestigious Australian tennis award – instead of him. The 26-year-old became the first home singles champion at the Australian Open this year before announcing her shock retirement a few weeks later, despite being the reigning world No 1.

After failing to take home the award, the 27-year-old reposted a graphic onto his Instagram story comparing his year to Barty’s and writing: “LOL. No respect at all. Don’t give a f***.” And this year’s Wimbledon finalist has now been made the subject of a brutal putdown following his X-rated rant.

“Nick Kyrgios is a remarkable mercurial talent, but doesn’t actually win very much,” Jordan said on his TalkSPORT show. “He’s been to a Grand Slam quarter-final and a final, he’s 27, he hasn’t won a Slam, and there have been great Australian players in the past, Pat Cash, Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt, who actually won things.”

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While the former Crystal Palace chairman was a fan of Kyrgios’ game, he claimed that the seven-time title winner’s talent didn’t make up for his behaviour. Jordan continued: “So while he has got this remarkable talent, I think [Australia Tennis and media] disrespect him because he respects himself with the waste of his talent at times. And then you add in the puerility of some of his behaviour…”

Kyrgios has often drawn comparisons to John McEnroe – the man originally dubbed the ‘bad boy of tennis’ – but Jordan said there was one main difference between the air. “John McEnroe was awful with some of his on-court behaviour, but he won, so people began to give him this begrudging respect because his achievements superseded his outbursts,” he explained.

“But this guy [Kyrgios] doesn’t win. Some of what he does is fair play, like calling out people in the crowd for being drunk and what have you, but sometimes I think he is a silly little brat who doesn’t act like an adult, he acts like a child. I do think he is an exceptional talent, and that makes his inability to do anything particularly formidable on a tennis court actually quite disappointing.”

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Australian sports journalist Adam Peacock also joined the White and Jordan show to discuss Kyrgios and was slightly more emphathetic with the 27-year-old, claiming it was unfortunate that he just missed out on the award because of Barty’s victory at their home Grand Slam tournament. But he admitted that the Australian public was once again going off the controversial star.

“With Kyrgios, you learn to know that he says he doesn’t care, but he very much cares. Why would he post something like this if he didn’t care? He absolutely cares, and he feels ripped off,” he explained. “But Ash Barty won a Grand Slam and then retired.

“There’s no point putting your records up head-to-head, because Nick had a very good year but Ash came up with the greatest moment in Australian tennis last year, and then was done. It’s unfortunate for Nick, because he came up with the second best by making the final of Wimbledon, but it [his social media outburst] has not been well received down here. 

“I like him because I’m entertained by him, and that’s what a sportsman is supposed to do. But the relationship with Kyrgios and Australia can be described as love/hate/love/hate/love/hate x 100million, and it just goes around and around. And I think it’s going back around towards hate again.”

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