Former British number one female tennis player Annabel Croft, has slammed Australia’s Nick Krygios saying she doesn’t have respect for the Australian personality.
Krygios recently withdrew from the US Open because of coronavirus.
Croft is not coming at him because of his decision not play at the Flushing Meadows instead she believes he [Krygios] was rude and vicious to his fellow professionals.
The number 40 ranked player in the world has previously lashed out at world number one Novak Djokovic and other players who took part in the Adria tour exhibition series Serbia and Croatia.
He termed the decision to host such event during the pandemic as bone headed decision’ and waxed lyrical at them in his tweets
“You should care. Do you have rocks in your head? Again, you can stand up for your mates, I’m just trying to hold them accountable. “When I said what I said, I didn’t intend to bother. They are tennis players, they aren’t special. Just as I thought Coric intellectual level = 0.”
The tournament helped organized by the Serb caused a lot of stir in the tennis world after Djokovic and three other players Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki alongside two other coaches who participated in the event tested positive for COVID-19.
“Prayers up to all the players that have contracted Covid – 19. Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been irresponsible or classified as ‘stupidity’ – this takes the cake”, Nick tweeted.
Croft who is presently a radio and television presenter has bashed the controversial Krygios for his statement.
“He is taking this position of the moral high ground and he has been incredible vocal, I’d go as far as saying he’s been unbelievably rude and vicious to quite a lot of his fellow tennis players in some Tweets quite recently.
“He’s been attacking Djokovic and Dominic Thiem and the other day I saw him calling Borna Coric a peanut brain, and the most boring player to watch.
“He’s very outspoken and he does things that create an enormous amount of attention. He’s sort of turned himself into this bad guy, a pantomime villain, but now he’s taking this moral high ground.
“I have to say, after some of the behaviour that I’ve seen from Nick Kyrgios I’m not one that’s inclined to really respect a lot of what he does.
“I don’t know where he’s made that statement from, wherever he is in Australia, but I can understand if he’s over there and it is very bad right now, they’re on lockdown, there’s an 8pm curfew, and so perhaps from his standpoint and for the Australian public he wants to do that [pull out of the US Open].
“But I don’t really respect him as a human being with the way he goes about his business on the court, so it’s hard for me to listen to him making that statement to be honest.”
The 54-year-old also defended Djokovic saying the Serb was doing the right thing despite the competition turning out badly.
“I believe he was trying to do the right thing”, she said.
“He was trying to put tennis back in front of the public and at that time Serbia wasn’t having a lot of cases, but I think it was some of the stuff that went out on social media where he was dancing in a nightclub, they were taking their shirts off and hugging, and on court they were hugging and greeting each other.
“Then, of course, things got bad, some of the players tested positive and he himself came down with it with his wife.
“But I do believe he was trying to do it from the right place. He had been advised by the Government in Serbia that it was OK to go ahead, but of course he really took the wrap and it hasn’t done him a whole lot of good,
publicly”, she concluded.