Nick Kyrgios has hit out at party-mad fellow player Alexander Zverev over the German’s raucous quarantine escape in the south of France.
ATP No. 7 Zverev, 22, was shown in a video posted to social media partying in a top-tier beach restaurant not far from his Monte Carlo base amid a crowd of beautiful 20-somethings.
Only a few days earlier, Zverev had promised to self-isolate after playing in the COVID-19 affected Adria Tour run by Novak Djokovic – himself the subject of a positive test for the virus which has shut down tennis until August.
Sitting in the passenger seat of a car in his native Canberra, Kyrgios – he drew online criticism from clueless American trolls who thought he was “driving” while filming due to unfamiliarity with the Aussie right-hand standard – blasted his fellow player for irresponsibility in the face of the worldwide health crisis.
“So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world, but one that stuck out for me was seeing Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be? How selfish can you be?” Kyrgios posted.
“I mean, if you have the audacity to put out a f****ng tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you are going to self isolate for 14 days and apologising to f***ing general public for putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days. My god.
“Have your girlfriend with you for f***ing 14 days. Jesus, man. It pisses me off. This tennis world pisses me off. How selfish can you all get?”
With his lengthy history of bad behaviour, on-court outbursts and the biggest disciplinary fine ever issued on the ATP, the 40th-ranked Kyrgios has hardly been a model citizen.
But the 25-year-old is suddenly morphing into the Voice of Reason on the ATP as he calls out players for failing to take the virus pandemic seriously.
He also drew unaccustomed praise at this year’s Australian Open for efforts to raise player money for bushfire victims and has notably been a supporter of children’s charities in his home city.
Kyrgios has called out the US Open officials as “selfish” for trying to stage that Grand Slam from August 31 amid the current health crisis with players in a “bubble” and no crowds or media on site.