Six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker says he doesn’t like ‘rats’ in response to Nick Kyrgios’ criticism of Alexander Zverev.
Zverev was embroiled in the uproar over the Adria Tour last week which saw four players including Novak Djokovic test positive for coronavirus.
Zverev tested negative but promised to ‘follow the self-isolating guidelines advised by our doctors’.
However, on Sunday, Zverev was pictured at a party in the French Riviera with dozens of people and no social distance practised.
And that footage led to a stinging rebuke by Kyrgios, who said on Monday: “So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world, but one that stuck out for me was seeing Sascha Zverev again… again. How selfish can you be?
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“I mean, if you have the audacity to f****** put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you’re going to self-isolate for 14 days and apologizing to the f****** general public and putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days. My God.
“Have your girlfriend with you for f****** 14 days. This tennis world is pissing me off, seriously. How selfish can you all get?”
Becker, who is the head of men’s tennis in Germany, has always been a backer of Zverev.
And the 52-year-old took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to hit back directly at Kyrgios.
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He tweeted: “Don’t like no #rats! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine!
“Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us…@NickKyrgios.”
Unsurprisingly, Kyrgios responded quickly, saying: “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.
“Rats? For holding someone accountable? 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.”
Becker later tweeted that Zverev should be held accountable but privately before Kyrgios said: “@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought.
“Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”
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