Nick Kyrgios shades Kyle Kuzma, NBA star bluntly responds

Kyrgios stunned that Kuzma's contract is paying him as nearly as Roger Federer made during his career.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nick Kyrgios shades Kyle Kuzma, NBA star bluntly responds
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Nick Kyrgios took a shot at Washington Wizards player Kyle Kuzma, suggesting he is stunned that "average NBA players" are earning on contracts as nearly as Roger Federer did during his entire career. Federer, widely considered one of the greatest tennis players ever, earned $130 million in tournament prize money during his career.

During this past NBA offseason, the Wizards gave Kuzma a four-year, $102 million deal. With that money, Kuzma is the 55th highest-paid player in the league. "He doesnt understand how just a moderately talented NBA player such as Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards could sign a four-year contract this summer worth $100 million.

Nearly as much as Roger Federer earned in prize money ($130 million) during his entire career," Futterman wrote about Kyrgios in his article for The Athletic. Futterman then quoted Kyrgios saying of Kuzma: "He's not even a top 50 player."

Kuzma reacted to Kyrgios' comments

Kuzma came across what Kyrgios said and reacted by highlighting that the NBA generates far more money than tennis.

"@NickKyrgios revenue my brother," Kuzma said in his response to Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, 28, has earned around $12.5 million in tournament prize money so far in his career.

Throughout his career, Kyrgios has never hidden the fact that money is one of the reasons why he is always motivated to do well on the biggest stage. After destroying two rackets following his 2022 US Open quarterfinal loss to Karen Khachanov, Kyrgios was given a $14k fine.

Later, Kyrgios explained what led to his outburst. "When people see that clip of me at the US Open breaking tennis rackets. People see that as a negative type of thing. Oh, he doesn't care, he's such a brat' but it's like how much I cared.

People don't understand like if I won that match that's another 400 grand," Kyrgios said on The June podcast last year.

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