A booze-fuelled Nick Kyrgios was full of praise for Andy Murray during an Instagram Live between the pair on Saturday afternoon – but was less complimentary towards some of his colleagues on the men’s tennis tour.
The Aussie and the Brit announced they would chat together on the social media platform at 3pm UK time, which fell at midnight in Kyrgios’ Canberra home.
With a glass of red wine in hand, the Aussie bad boy claimed to have already seen off six glasses and Murray, stone-cold sober, was largely forced to sit through his drunken ramblings.
What was clear – and is no secret – is how highly Kyrgios regards Murray.
Of their first meeting, in Toronto six years ago, Kyrgios expressed his amazement at Murray’s ability to return his serve. In Kyrgios’ opinion, Rafael Nadal – who he had beaten at Wimbledon earlier that year – couldn’t handle it.
‘I’d beaten Rafa, he’s a mate of yours,’ said Kyrgios. ‘I beat him pretty convincingly at Wimby.
He regularly signs up for doubles events and Murray, somewhat reluctantly, agreed to team up with the 25-year-old in future – one the condition he ‘behaves’ himself.
At the Laver Cup – the Ryder Cup-style event which pits Europe against the rest of the world – Kyrgios is in his element.
When explaining his enjoyment of the competition, however, he couldn’t resist a swipe at European team members Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.
‘Because it’s fun, they are my best buds (the world team). They are trying to be some European guys who have no banter, don’t give one ‘F’ about each other. Which pisses me off. Let’s be honest Tsitsipas and Zverev hate each other.’
‘I like to get up and about with the boys. Aussies and people from England, we are the same.
‘Do you think me and Dominic Thiem would vibe? No. I’m more invested in maybe, like, a nice cocktail. But my boy D Thiem would be like “I want to see this paint dry”.’
One suspects they will decline his invitation.
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