Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios says his opponents’ coach and trainer threatened to fight him after he and countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis scored a shock upset in Friday’s doubles action.
The Aussie underdogs stunned top seeds from Croatia Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 6-7 6-3 in front of a wild crowd at Kia Arena.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, who have both been eliminated from the singles draw, had a ball in front of some boisterous fans but their opponents weren’t exactly thrilled with the atmosphere.
Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Kyrgios wrote: “Just letting you know after yesterday’s chop fest in doubles my opponents coach and trainer proceeded to threaten to fight in the players gym.
“Tennis is a soft soft sport @TKokkinakis all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball.”
Kokkinakis replied to Kyrgios’ tweet, writing: “(Laughing emojis) that was crazy!! Mans thought it was @ufc.”
Australian UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski also replied to Kyrgios’ tweet with “let me at em!!”
Speaking on Nine, former Aussie tennis star turned commentator Sam Groth shed more light on the situation.
“Thanasi actually messaged me as it was happening and said Nick got accosted in the locker room by Pavic’s fitness trainer and (they) obviously weren’t very happy,” Groth said.