Australian instigator Nick Kyrgios says a coach and trainer of world number one doubles pair Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic threatened to fight after their doubles match at the Australian Open on Friday. Kyrgios and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis stunned Mektic and Pavic in straight sets in the second round at the Kia Arena, with the rowdy crowd unnerving the Croatian pair.
Kyrgios said on Saturday that ill will spread through the players’ gymnasium after the game. “Just to let you know that after yesterday’s doubles fest, my opponent’s coach and coach threatened to fight in the player’s gym,” Kyrgios tweeted.
“Tennis is a soft sport. @TKokkinakis all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball.” Kokkinakis replied to Kyrgios, “That was crazy!! Mans thought it was @ufc.”
Mektic did not respond to an emailed request for comment. Reuters has asked Pavic for comment. Former Australian player and commentator Sam Groth said during broadcaster Nine Network’s Australian Open coverage that Kokkinakis texted him during the altercation.
“Thanasi actually messaged me as it was happening and told me that Nick had been accosted in the locker room by Pavic’s fitness coach,” Groth said. “Obviously we weren’t very happy, the number one team in the world, the number one seeds falling to Thanasi and Nick.
“I didn’t accept what the crowd was doing, what was going on with Nick. I think it’s just a little soft to take him off the field, into the locker room and not even players, from someone of the team. “
Video posted by the Nine Network showed Kyrgios and Kokkinakis having a heated exchange with the Croatian pair and their entourage in a players’ area at Melbourne Park. Fan behavior at the tournament has angered a slew of players this year, including US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who criticized sections of the crowd following his singles win over Kyrgios on Thursday.
Pavic said some home fans were being disrespectful. “Obviously they’re cheering on the Australians. It wouldn’t hurt them to show a bit of respect to all their opponents, to the other players,” he told reporters on Friday.
“We saw yesterday too with Medvedev how it was. That’s how they are here. We’re used to it. But as I said, it wouldn’t hurt them to show some respect .”
Mektic said of the loss: “They’re a bad team to beat here and that’s it. We just failed.”
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