Becker brands Kyrgios a ‘rat’ on Twitter; Aussie responds

andrewhendrie in News 01 Jul 2020
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Nick Kyrgios (Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Jason Heidrich/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)


Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker were involved in a war of words on Twitter after the former World No. 1 accused the Australian of being a ‘rat’.

Kyrgios has been a vocal criticiser of his fellow players refusing to follow social distancing guidelines after Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki contracted COVID-19 while competing in the Adria Tour – the exhibition tournament he branded as ‘boneheaded’.

The enigmatic Aussie also took to social media to detail his views on Alexander Zverev after the German was filmed partying in the French Riviera – less than a week after spending time with the aforementioned players on the Adria Tour and promising he would spend the immediate future self-isolating as a precaution.

“How selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said. “If you have the audacity to f****** put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf, saying you are going to self-isolate for 14 days, and apologizing to the general public for putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days.”

Becker, a former coach of Djokovic, obviously didn’t like the way Kyrgios called out the players, taking to Twitter to call him a ‘rat.

“Don’t like no rats!” Becker wrote. “Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine! Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us… @NickKyrgios.”

Initially Kyrgios responded in a calm manner, but it wasn’t long until the gloves were off – and after a couple more exchanges, the Australian had enough and simply branded Becker a ‘doughnut’ and ‘not the sharpest tool in the shed’.

You can follow the entire Twitter exchange below.

Kyrgios has also taken shots at the ATP for their poor communication towards the players when it comes to restarting the tour.

Additionally, Kyrgios doesn’t think the US Open should go ahead in New York, with the slam scheduled to take place at the end of August.