Kyr­gios hits out at Zverev over party

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Ten­nis By Si­mon Briggs and Jan­nik Schneider

The forth­com­ing Bett1 Aces ex­hi­bi­tion event in Berlin could de­liver spicy mo­ments af­ter one of its star im­ports – Aus­tralian Nick Kyr­gios – at­tacked top seed Alexan­der Zverev in an an­gry so­cial-me­dia rant.

Af­ter Zverev was pic­tured so­cial­is­ing at a French Riviera beach bar at the week­end, Kyr­gios told his Twit­ter and In­sta­gram fol­low­ers: “I see more con­tro­ver­sial things hap­pen­ing around the world, but one thing that stuck out for me was see­ing Sasha Zverev, again man, again.

“If you have the au­dac­ity to put out a tweet that you made your man­age­ment f------ write on your be­half say­ing you’re go­ing to self­iso­late for 14 days, and apol­o­gis­ing to the gen­eral pub­lic for putting their health at risk, at least have the au­dac­ity to stay in­side for 14 days. My god. This ten­nis world’s p-----me off, se­ri­ously. How self­ish can you all get?”

Zverev’s pres­ence in a busy pub­lic space could be seen as hyp­o­crit­i­cal af­ter he promised to self­iso­late a week ago, hav­ing been a part of the Adria Tour fi­asco along­side No­vak Djokovic, Grigor Dim­itrov and other play­ers who have since tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

If Kyr­gios does at­tend the Berlin event from July 13, he will also be ac­cused of con­tra­dict­ing him­self. Two weeks ago, Kyr­gios com­plained that stag­ing the US Open at the end of Au­gust was un­fair on those com­ing from coun­tries with strong travel re­stric­tions.

Bett1 Aces or­gan­is­ers said biose­cu­rity pro­to­cols would in­clude daily tem­per­a­ture checks and re­quir­ing all play­ers to keep a writ­ten log of their phys­i­cal con­di­tion.

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