Venus Williams calls Nick Kyrgios an “absolute knob” after defeat

Kiwi doubles player Michael Venus called Nick Kyrgios an “absolute knob” after his defeat to him and his teammate Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Venus and Tim Putz lost to Kyrgios and Kokkinakis in three sets on Tuesday. They were never the crowd favourites in Australia, with the local heroes putting on a show and defeating their opponents.

The 34-year-old and his teammate were on the receiving end of sledging from the crowd. It got a little problematic at one point, when they insulted him and his family in their relentless cheering for their favourites.

In the aftermath of his defeat, Venus called Kyrgios an “absolute knob”, and proceeded to rip into him and the crowd.

“It felt like a circus out there and not really a tennis match,” Venus told New Zealand television channel 1News, as quoted by the Irish Times.

“Between serves (they were) geeing the crowd up and getting them to cheer at times like that. I don’t think that’s really on.

Nick Kyrgios and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis are into the Australian Open semi-finals. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA
Kyrgios (pictured) is now in the doubles semi-final. Source: EPA

“You know if it’s on the other foot, old mate (Kyrgios) would have flipped his lid. He already did get mad there by himself. It’s amazing, he can smash a ball out that hits a kid and just ’cause he gives them a racket afterwards people can say he’s such a good guy.”

Bloody prat

“They’ll always be his supporters and he’ll always spin it in a way that helps him but at the end of the day, he’s just an absolute knob,” Venus said.

“On the maturity side, you see why he’s never fulfilled his potential and probably never will. His maturity level, it’s probably being generous to a 10-year-old, to say it’s at about that level.”

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