The conversation between Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov turned ugly after the Australian appeared to insult the Russian's intellect and the 2018 Paris Masters champion didn't like it. After Andy Murray won just a total of six games against Stan Wawrinka in the French Open first round, Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander called out the Briton, and Kyrgios wasn't a fan of it.
"Just read what Wilander said about @andy_murray .... shut up Mats, no one cares. Muzz, just know that how ever long you stay, we all appreciate and enjoy your tennis and banter. Also I’ve never watched a point of Mats Wilander," Kyrgios said in a Twitter post, to which Khachanov reacted: "Nick,come on mate..it’s too much..show some respect."
The conversation was going fine as Kyrgios tried to explain his position and Khachanov told the Australian he thinks he is a "good lad." "Nah I’m good dude. Muzz and I respect each other, and if someone starts talking about one of mine then I’ll come at them.
I’m supposed to respect Mats? For what? Hitting a ball over the net? I don’t give my respect for that," Kyrgios said, to which Khachanov responded: "Bro it’s your call.I really think you are a good lad and I don’t have any problem with you.But once you are sitting at home and writing different comments about players that makes me think who has the real problem.."
Then it turned ugly between Kyrgios and Khachanov
"So you think what the players did during this pandemic was smart? I’d love to have an intellectual conversation with you but I’m not sure it would go further than how hard you could hit a ball.
I’ve simply been holding people accountable," Kyrgios continued. Khachanov wasn't having it and hit back at the Australian, saying: "And next time before talking about my intellect read at least a few books , instead or playing video games whole day long."
Kyrgios responded by calling Khachanov an "absolute pelican." "I’ve also been feeding the hungry, helping open up new facilities for kids to get active. But way to do your research you absolute pelican."
The comments that prompted the whole conversation: "I worry about Andy Murray," Eurosport expert Wilander said, per the Eurosport website. "I would love to hear him say why he is out there, giving us a false sense of hope that he is going to come back one day.
"I keep getting a little bit disappointed, is it his right to be out there doing that? Why? I did it and I shouldn’t have, it was the biggest mistake I made in my career. "I think Andy Murray needs to stop thinking of himself and start thinking about who he was. Does he have a right to be out there taking wildcards from the young players?"