1 March 2018

Nick Kyrgios calls out double standards after Gavrilova's antics in Mexico

| Lachlan Roberts
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Nick Kyrgios supporting Ash Barty during Australia’s Fed Cup tie against Ukraine at Canberra Tennis Centre a few weeks ago: Photo: Supplied by Tennis ACT.

Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios has taken to Twitter to call out double standards after Daria Gavrilova’s hissy fit at the WTA event in Mexico this week.

The Canberra local said he would have been “banned for six years” if he’d behaved like his fellow Australian and questioned the double standards of the media.

Gavrilova, the world No.26, lost her cool after double-faulting to give a break of serve to her opponent at the Mexico Open, throwing her racquet from the baseline all the way to the net, just missing two ball kids.

Luckily for Gavrilova, the racquet missed the ball kids. Had the racquet hit the child, Gavrilova would almost certainly have been disqualified.

Kyrgios thought if he had been in Gavrilova’s shoes, a harsh penalty would have ensued.

Kyrgios appeared to receive the support of several fellow players including Frenchman Lucas Pouille and American CoCo Vandegwehe.

But even with some support from his tennis friends, tennis fans around the world had their own say.

Some said that if he “had any other job [he] would have been fired years ago”.

Other fans questioned him “taking cheap shots from [his] imaginary moral high ground?”

Another said that he would have received a harsher judgement because he has “a history of bad behavior…she doesn’t!”

Australia’s number one male player has quite the track record himself. The Canberra local has had a bad boy image since he broke into the tennis scene, once escaping with only a code violation when a racquet he slammed into the ground bounced into the stands at Wimbledon in 2015.

Do you think there are double standards in the media and from fans when it comes to Kyrgios’ misdemeanours?

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Dear Nick,

When Gavrilova has your track record of swearing, abusing officials, tanking and fines THEN it’s a double standard. Not before.

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