In yet another petulant day for Aussie tennis, Bernard Tomic has been caught sledging absent teammate Nick Kyrgios, accusing him of chucking a fake sickie to avoid a Davis Cup tie.
Tomic was courtside, talking with Lleyton Hewitt during the second set of his match against John Isner, when microphones picked up the sledge.
“Nick’s sitting down in Canberra,” said an angry Tomic. “Bullshit he’s sick.” He went on to accuse his teammate and friend of doing the same on other occasions. “Two times he done it,” Tomic said. “Two times he faked it.”
It’s thought that he was referring to Australia’s 2015 World Group opener in Ostrava, against the Czech Republic, from which Kyrgios also withdrew, blaming back soreness as the cause.
Kyrgios was forced to sit the current Davis Cup tie out thanks to a virus, leaving Tomic and Hewitt to face formidable U.S. opposition alongside Sam Groth and John Peers.
Tomic was down two sets against Isner at the time of the sledge, and although he lifted his game to claim the third, Isner took the match, eliminating Australia from the Davis Cup.
Team USA will now face off against either Croatia or Belgium in the quarterfinals.
Kyrgios has not yet commented on today’s incident; his most recent Tweet was a pot shot at New York Times freelancer Ben Rothenberg, calling him the “worst writer to exist.”
Ben Rothenberg could be the worst writer to exist. Sit the fk down mate. Smh
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) March 5, 2016
Source: News Corp.
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