Lleyton Hewitt reignites feud with Nick Kyrgios by ‘telling tennis legend Mats Wilander that he is frightened about Aussie children impersonating dangerous boy’s on-court outbursts’
- Wilander is a former world No.1 and received seven slams in a adorned profession
- He lashed Kyrgios on Eurosport just lately for his racket breaking antics
- The Swede went on to criticise Kyrgios’ model and energy on the court docket
- He stated Lleyton Hewitt had instructed him youngsters at the moment are emulating Kyrgios
The feud between Nick Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt has been reignited with Swedish tennis nice Mats Wilander saying Hewitt has reported incidents of kids emulating the Aussie tennis dangerous boy.
Talking on Eurosport, former world No.1 Wilander lashed Kyrgios for his behaviour and the way it’s influencing youngsters.
Kyrgios throws his racket out of the court docket after smashing it in the course of the Murray River Open
Wilander stated he had just lately spoken to Hewitt and the Australian Davis Cup captain had expressed issues about children copying Kyrgios.
‘It is only a sport the place you study rather a lot about life and educate and guidelines and these guys are taking it to a whole completely different stage,’ Wilander stated.
‘And I do know from Lleyton Hewitt telling me that each child in Australia principally, is doing what Nick Kyrgios does.
‘I am not saying they’re throwing rackets and no matter, however they hit the ball like Nick Kyrgios and that is form of dangerous sufficient in a method as a result of Nick is so gifted, however he does not use his ft in any respect in any of his pictures.
‘He simply slaps it along with his arm. They usually look as much as these guys. So I believe it is atrocious.
‘I truly assume it is horrible. I believe breaking a racket on a tennis court docket is the bottom for me as a result of most children, they can’t afford to purchase tennis rackets. I believe it is flawed. I believe it is fully flawed.
Kyrgios smashes his racket in the course of the match in opposition to Borna Coric of Croatia on the Miami Open
The polarising tennis star has courted controversy a number of instances in 2022 already, smashing rackets – with one narrowly lacking a ball boy – and clapping again at hecklers on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, together with roping in Hollywood actor Ben Stiller.
Kiwi doubles participant Michael Venus known as him ‘immature’ and a ‘knob’ throughout an Australian Open marketing campaign the place Kyrgios abused an umpire, flipped his center finger at spectators, pegged a tennis ball and smashed rackets.
He was fined $35,000 for 4 offences on the Miami Open as effectively, together with a operating battle with Carlos Bernardes who Kyrgios stated ‘ought to be fired on the spot’.
Hewitt and Kyrgios have an extended historical past collectively and a rocky relationship
Kyrgios is but to answer Wilander’s claims, however just lately instructed Channel 9 that he was battling to maintain his feelings in examine throughout tennis matches.
‘It is one thing I battle to take care of, the stability. I’ve all the time been like that since I used to be a child. Matches had been all the time a rollercoaster. I do not know, I am by no means going to be somebody who goes on the market and ticks all of the packing containers,’ he stated.
‘I actually attempt arduous. It is a battle for me typically; some days to get up and are available to the courts or get up and simply not need to go away my room.
‘I take care of regular human points however I am additionally simply pleased with myself that I am going on the market and hold my head down and I play effectively. It isn’t straightforward to do week in and week out.’
Hewitt was as soon as Kyrgios’ mentor however a bitter feud divided them forward of the 2019 Australian Open.
Wilander received seven Grand Slam singles titles together with the French Open when he was simply 17
Kyrgios and Hewitt reportedly cleared the air at Indian Wells in 2020 however tensions simmered as soon as extra when Kyrgios was controversially omitted from the Davis Cup workforce by workforce captain Hewitt.
Doubles companion Thanasi Kokkinakis later claimed that Kyrgios was supplied a spot within the workforce, however declined.
‘He is clearly in our strongest workforce. He was undoubtedly requested, and I believe he and Lleyton have a great relationship, however he simply wasn’t accessible for this time,’ he stated.