Nick Kyrgios rips critic as 'slug', teams up with Naomi Osaka for new project

Kyrgios responds to a critic and reveals his new project with Osaka.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nick Kyrgios rips critic as 'slug', teams up with Naomi Osaka for new project
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Nick Kyrgios ripped "slugs" who are constantly attempting to belittle his career and impact as the Australian tennis star also highlighted that he is selling Australian Open tickets even when he is not competing. 

Kyrgios, who was limited to just one tournament in 2023 due to knee and wrist injuries, enjoyed his career-best season in 2022. Two years ago, Kyrgios started the 2022 season by winning the Australian Open men's doubles title with good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis. Half a year later, Kyrgios also made his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon before losing to Novak Djokovic.

On X, one person attempted to shade Kyrgios by writing: "Whatever else Thanasi Kokkinakis does or doesn't go on to achieve in his career, he'll always have that time that he became the first player ever to win a major doubles title on his own."

Responding to the post, Kyrgios ripped the critic as "slug." "Beautiful person and my brother till the end. What a memory! No matter what these slugs say, my name will be there. Thank You @TKokkinakis," Kyrgios wrote on X. 

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios© Getty Images Sport - Darrian Traynor

Although Kyrgios won't be competing at this year's Australian Open due to his ongoing wrist injury, he still appeared in the tournament's promotional video. Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, also appears in the Australian Open's promotional video despite being out of the tournament due to a muscle tear. 

Reacting to the video, Kyrgios wrote: "Rafa & kygs still be selling ticks."

Kyrgios rips a Gael Monfils critic

Kyrgios also wasn't impressed with a post claiming that Monfils did not have a successful career as the 2022 Wimbledon runer-up provided a list of reasons why he believes that's just a wrong opinion to have.

In the seventh game of his Auckland first-round match against Fabian Marozsan, Monfils fired a great serve to the wide and gave himself an easy chance to finish the point at the net. But Monfils' attempt to finish the point with an attractive smash wasn't successful as the Frenchman smashed the ball into the net. 

On air, the commentator described the moment with a laugh: "Well, it was spectacular. It wasn't successful." Monfils, who was 40-0 on his serve before his failed smash attempt, ended up losing the game. 

Reacting to Monfils not making what would have been a highlight moment, one person wrote: "This kind of point sums up Gael Monfils’ tennis career. Spectacular but not successful. In my opinion."

Kyrgios noticed the post and bluntly reacted: "Made 8 figures from his tennis career. Pretty successful in my opinion. Slam semifinal, double-digit titles. Just bad perspective from you, in my opinion."

Nick Kyrgios and Gael Monfils
Nick Kyrgios and Gael Monfils© Getty Images Sport - Chung Sung-Jun

Although Monfils hasn't managed to win a Grand Slam or reach the world No. 1 ranking, he has still made a very good career for himself as he has 12 ATP titles and his career-high ranking saw him sitting at No. 6 in the world. Also, Monfils is a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist - he was one of the better players on the Tour for over a decade - and he has enjoyed a very lengthy career. 

Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka launch a new project together, set to interview Novak Djokovic

This week, it was announced that Kyrgios was teaming up with Naomi Osaka's production Hana Kuma. Together, Kyrgios and Osaka are launching a podcast titled "Good Trouble." 

On Thursday, record 10-time Australian Open champion Djokovic will take part in an exhibition match at Melbourne Park. Following the conclusion of the match, Kyrgios will interview Djokovic for his new podcast.

"I can’t wait for the release of my new series. It’s been tough for me to sit out the last year or so, dealing with an injury, but I’ve had a lot of fun commentating and developing my own talk show. We’ve got an all-star line-up of guests for season one and I can’t wait for everyone to check it out," Kyrgios said.

Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka
Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka© Getty Images Entertainment - Monica Schipper

Although Kyrgios won't compete at the Australian Open, his presence will still be felt at Melbourne Park this year. This week, Eurosport announced that Kyrgios was joining their team for the 2024 Australian Open coverage. 

For Kyrgios, this won't be a new experience, considering that he made his broadcasting debut in late 2023. In November, Kyrgios was an analyst for Tennis Channel during the ATP Finals. 

On Tennis Channel, Kyrgios did a great job and he was widely praised for the analyses and expertise he delivered throughout the season-ending tournament. Now, Kyrgios will be looking to do a similarly good job with Eurosport during the Australian Open. 

Meanwhile, Kyrgios won't be competing at the Australian Open in back-to-back years. Last year, Kyrgios withdrew from the Australian Open just before the start of the tournament and shortly after underwent knee surgery. This year, Kyrgios is out of the Australian Open due to a wrist injury he sustained just after kicking off his 2023 season in June. 

Kyrgios is working on returning as soon as possible but he hasn't given any clear timetables on his return.

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