Nick Kyrgios admits he wants to avoid ‘p***** off’ Novak Djokovic at Australian Open
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Nick Kyrgios is wary of a fired-up Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open if the decision for him to be deported is reversed. The Serbian is currently being held at a detention hotel after he was refused entry into Australia regarding an incorrect visa.
The 20-time grand slam champion is currently being held at the Park Hotel in Melbourne while he awaits his appeal, which is scheduled to take place on Monday.
Djokovic had initially been given a medical exemption to compete at the Australian Open, but this was met by furore after he had refused to reveal his vaccination status, leading to suggestions that he hadn’t been jabbed – which is a mandate to compete at the Grand Slam.
The world No 1 however has since claimed that he should be able to play at the Australian Open after revealing he tested positive for Covid-19 last month.
The saga has dominated the headlines for the entire week and Kyrgios has shared his thoughts on the 34-year-old’s mindset should he take to Rod Laver Arena later this month.
“All I’m saying is, if he’s allowed to play Australian Open, I don’t want any bar of him. I reckon he’s going to be p****d off, very determined to play well and stick it to everyone. I don’t want any part of that Novak,” Kyrgios said ahead of his first match at the Sydney Tennis Classic.
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“This is just all added fuel for him. In my opinion, we all know how good of a competitor he is. You don’t become a great champion like that without being able to overcome adversity like this.
“I’m sure he’s overcome a lot more challenging times than spending a couple more extra days in a hotel room. Look, all I’m saying is, he’s going to be dangerous if he’s on court at the Australian Open.
“I don’t want to play him right now, that’s for sure. Someone else can have that task.”
Kyrgios first weighed in on the debacle on Friday as he pushed his country to do better following the handling of Djokovic.
He tweeted: “Look I definitely believe in taking action, I got vaccinated because of others and for my mums health, but how we are handling Novak’s situation is bad, really bad.
“Like these memes, headlines, this is one of our great champions but at the end of the day, he is human. Do better.”
Ahead of his first match of the year, Kyrgios doubled-down on the views expressed in his tweet and added: “Put it this way, I think the media has done a poor, poor job. If someone has an opinion you’re either for or against it.
“Obviously, it’s a bit of a mess what’s going on, and I just don’t think we’ve gone about it in the right way.
“It’s just too much at this point. I hope it all gets sorted as soon as possible.”
Like many, the 26-year-old wants the issues to be resolved and continued to defend the nine-time Australian Open champion.
“I just want it to end. I’m feeling for him now. It’s not really humane, is it, what’s going on?” Kyrgios said.
“If this was a normal person, they wouldn’t have to deal with this media side bulls**t.
“His life is probably hard enough as it is. I know what that’s like. I just hope it gets sorted soon.”
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