Nick Kyrgios branded a "rat" by tennis legend Boris Becker in Twitter spat

Boris Becker and Nick Kyrgios have traded verbal volleys on Twitter after the German branded the Aussie a “rat”.

And Kyrgios hit back by accusing the triple Wimbledon champion of being “not the sharpest tool in the shed” and a “doughnut”.

The Aussie called Becker's fellow German Alex Zverev “selfish” when the world No.7 was filmed at a Monte Carlo nightclub when he was supposed to be self-isolating.

Zverev took part in the Adria Tour events which saw world No.1 Novak Djokovic contract coronavirus.

Becker took to Zverev's defence and tweeted: “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.”

He added: “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.”

World No.40 Kyrgios hit back by tweeting: “@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought. Face with tears of joy. Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”

Becker told the Aussie he was a “funny guy” and added: “There is an unspoken understanding between athletes! Whatever happens on the court stays there including the lockers! Nobody will talk about it … #respect #sport #fellowship

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"I really would like to see @NickKyrgios fulfill his potential and win a grandslam! He would be an incredible role model for for the youth of the world addressing the issues of equality/race/heritage! Man up buddy and deliver!”

Kyrgios has been vocal over players flouting Covid-19 protocols and he claimed the staging the Adria Tour events – played with crowds and without social distancing – was “boneheaded”.

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