Tennis

Kyrgios mocks Nadal routine at Australian Open

In response to a time violation at the end of the second set, Kyrgios chuntered before imitating Rafa's ticks — a swipe of the hair on either side followed by a pick at the seat of his shorts.No matter that he forgot the nose scratch, there was no doubt who he was sending up in relation to slow play. His impression raised a grin on the face of the chair umpire in Melbourne.READ: Benchetrit hits back at critics over ball girl banana dramaEarly in the third set his opponent, Gilles Simon of France, also received a time violation, and cracked up Kyrgios by doing his own rendition of Rafa's routine.The reaction was mixed on social media, with some agreeing with Kyrgios and others saying he would be better to try to match Nadal's efforts in winning 19 grand slams."That's the closest Kyrgios has ever gotten to emulating a grand slam champion," wrote Bastien Fachan. Another Twitter user, Bill BC, wrote: "I love Nadal but come on, this is hilarious."Kyrgios lost the third set and was made to work hard for a 6-2 6-4 4-6 7-5 victory which puts him in the third round with a possible meeting against Nadal in round four.Afterwards Kyrgios was asked whose impression was better. "I don't wear underwear, so probably Gilles," he told reporters.The Spanish great won his second-round match with ease, and when told of Kyrgios' antics said: "I really don't care. I am here to play tennis. Honestly, I don't care at all. If was funny, good. That's it."The 24-year-old Kyrgios was later asked about some of the comments he directed towards his team in his box."I was being a bit of a dickhead to them," he told reporters. "I apologized as soon as I went back into the locker room. They don't deserve that. They do a lot of things for me on and off the court. No, it's not acceptable from me." READ: Nadal not motivated by chasing Federer slam recordAustralian Kyrgios and Nadal have a checkered history.Last year, Kyrgios labelled Nadal "super salty" in a podcast with tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg and took aim at his famous uncle, Toni. He admitted ahead of their pulsating second-round clash at Wimbledon that they would be unlikely to go to the pub together for a drink.After the game, Kyrgios astonishingly reveled he meant to hit the Spaniard with a thunderous forehand which cannoned off his chest.Earlier that season, they played in a spicy encounter in Acapulco, Mexico. At one point, Kygrios Read More – Source

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