Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios took a shot at Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews over what he believed was an over-the-top comment. On Sunday, the state of Victoria recorded 65 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours and at 9am on Sunday morning, premier Andrews urged Victorians not to leave their home.
Andrews acknowledged the sunny conditions in much of the state but warned Victorians that they could end up in a hospital bed if they leave their home. "Sunday I think is going to be quite a nice day — yep, at home.
At home. Otherwise, it’ll be lots of Sundays spent in hospital," Andrews said, per Yahoo Sports Australia. After hearing what Andrews had to say, Kyrgios reacted: "This is ridiculous now."
Kyrgios himself has been urging people to stay safe
Since the start of the pandemic, Kyrgios has spoken many times about the importance of staying safe and following health and safety protocols.
After four players -- including Novak Djokovic himself -- tested positive for the coronavirus at the Adria Tour last year, Kyrgios was one of the biggest critics. Also, Kyrgios helped his community during the pandemic by delivering good and helping those in need.
Kyrgios, a former world No. 13, last played at the Toronto Masters, where he suffered a tight loss to Reilly Opelka. Unfortunately for Kyrgios, the match was marked by a suspicious call that went Opelka's way. Opelka appeared to touch the net in the key moments of the second set tie-break but chair umpire remained silent and gave point to the American.
Opelka then won the tie-break, as well as the third set, to complete a comeback win over Kyrgios. Kyrgios was furious with chair umpire after the suspicious call. After the match, Canadian tennis star Bouchard said tennis needs someone like Kyrgios.
"I don’t think Reilly Opelka touched the net. Nick Kyrgios was just finding and picking things to get angry on. But it’s still entertaining. I’m still a fan. I think tennis needs a bad guy like Nick," Eugenie Bouchard said on Tennis Channel.