Annabel Croft blasts Nick Kyrgios, defends Novak Djokovic



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Annabel Croft blasts Nick Kyrgios, defends Novak Djokovic

Former British No. 1 Annabel Croft said she wasn't a fan of some of Nick Kyrgios' recent actions. In late-June, Kyrgios critiziced the Adria Tour and it culminated last week when Croatian Borna Coric said he didn't care about the Australian's comments.

Kyrgios then unloaded on Coric, saying his intellectual level was zero and adding that he's boring to watch. "He is taking this position of the moral high ground and he has been incredible vocal, I’d go as far as saying he’s been unbelievably rude and vicious to quite a lot of his fellow tennis players in some Tweets quite recently," Croft said on White and Sawyer's show, as quoted on talkSPORT.

“He’s been attacking Djokovic and Dominic Thiem and the other day I saw him calling Borna Coric a peanut brain, and the most boring player to watch. "He’s very outspoken and he does things that create an enormous amount of attention.

He’s sort of turned himself into this bad guy, a pantomime villain, but now he’s taking this moral high groud. "I have to say, after some of the behaviour that I’ve seen from Nick Kyrgios I’m not one that’s inclined to really respect a lot of what he does.

“I don’t know where he’s made that statement from, wherever he is in Australia, but I can understand if he’s over there and it is very bad right now, they’re on lockdown, there’s an 8pm curfew, and so perhaps from his standpoint and for the Australian public he wants to do that [pull out of the US Open].

“But I don’t really respect him as a human being with the way he goes about his business on the court, so it’s hard for me to listen to him making that statement to be honest”.

Croft defends Djokovic

The Adria Tour was a charity event and Djokovic planned on donating all the money raised to charities but the event ended in disaster after four players who participated tested positive for the coronavirus.

"I believe he was trying to do the right thing,” Croft said of Djokovic's project. “He was trying to put tennis back in front of the public and at that time Serbia wasn’t having a lot of cases, but I think it was some of the stuff that went out on social media where he was dancing in a nightclub, they were taking their shirts off and hugging, and on court they were hugging and greeting each other.

“Then, of course, things got bad, some of the players tested positive and he himself came down with it with his wife. “But I do believe he was trying to do it from the right place. He had been advised by the Government in Serbia that it was OK to go ahead, but of course he really took the wrap and it hasn’t done him a whole lot of good, publicly”.