Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker haven’t been seeing eye to eye on Twitter, with the tennis figures calling each other a “rat” and a “doughnut” in heated exchanges Tuesday.
Kyrgios, the Australian tennis player ranked No. 40 in the world, took issue with an Instagram video showing fellow ATP star, German Alexander Zverev, dancing in a crowded club amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Kyrgios, known for his on-court fiery demeanor and candid banter, called Zverev “selfish” in response to seeing footage of the video.
The since-deleted video, which did not have a date or time attached to it, was posted on Instagram by German designer Philipp Plein before being removed. The video’s surfacing came several days after Zverev said he would self-isolate after playing in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition tournament in Serbia and Croatia. That tournament was cancelled after numerous players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker, also German, tweeted at Kyrgios in defense of Zverev: “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.”
Kyrgios expectedly was not happy, launching into a string of furious tweets directed at Becker.
“Rats? For holding someone accountable?,” Kyrgios tweeted. “Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people. When my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something. …For goodness sake Boris, I’m not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus. It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I’ll call him out for it. Simple.
“@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought … can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”
Becker responded by calling out Kyrgios for never winning a Grand Slam. The 25-year-old has reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2014 and the Australian Open in 2015.