New Zealand doubles star Michael Venus wasn't happy with the behavior Nick Kyrgios showed during their Australian Open doubles quarterfinal match. On Tuesday, Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis beat No. 6 seeds Venus and Tim Puetz 7-5 3-6 6-3.
After the match, Venus called Kyrgios an "absolute knob." "There'll always be his supporters, and they'll always spin it in a way that helps him," Venus told 1News. "But at the end of the day, he's just an absolute knob.
"I think it just speaks for him. "His maturity level, it's probably being generous to about a 10-year-old, to say that it's at about that level."
Venus: Kyrgios will never fulfil his potential
"On the maturity side, you see why he's never fulfilled his potential and probably never will," Venus said.
On the other side, Puetz enjoyed the crowd and the atmosphere. Puetz was disappointed because they lost but said it was "pretty special" to get a chance to play in front of a packed crowd. “Pretty special, we don’t usually have that kind of atmosphere,” Puetz told Eurosport after the match.
“We try to enjoy it as much as we can, just kind of take the positives out of it – that we don’t have that – usually for the most part we play in front of nearly no people with no atmosphere."
“We’re not used to it, it’s a bit unusual for us, it’s been very draining just because of that. It’s somewhere between pretty entertaining and then also once you’re there with emotions and everything, it gets on your nose pretty quickly when they’re so rowdy," Puetz added.
“But that’s the way it is, that’s the way the fans are here; I kind of appreciate that. I don’t know, if I was a 23-year-old who had two beers, I probably would have been one of them screaming there, so that’s just the way it is”.