Nick Kyrgios Bad Boy Feud with Rafa Nadal Explained

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Nick Kyrgios Bad Boy Feud with Rafa Nadal Explained

Whether he’s getting in an argument with a fan at the Miami Open, or throwing a chair in anger at the Italian Open, If you’re a Nick Kyrgios fan or simply love watching his crazy antics, there’s no missing his ongoing feud with Rafa Nadal. It has been well documented that Nick doesn’t have an affinity for Rafa. The feud really heated up after Kyrgios beat Rafa in Acapulco.


After that loss to Kyrgios at Acapulco, Nadal said “What he lacks is a little respect for the public, for his rival and also for himself.” In return, Kyrgios said, “He doesn’t know me. So, I’m not going to listen at all. That’s the way I play. The way he plays, he’s very slow between points.” However, the back and forth didn’t end there. What really set Kyrgios off is that Toni Nadal chimed in immediately after and said Nick lacked “education and smartness” because of his underhand serves and other on court tactics. This didn’t sit very well with Nick Kyrgios.


This set the stage for Wimbledon. And the meeting didn’t disappoint! Ultimately Nadal won in four long sets. But there was tension throughout, shows of testosterone from Nadal, underhand serves from Kyrgios and some code violations for Nick. The climax of the nastiness between these two happened when Nick sent 100 MPH forehand bullet straight at Nadal. Nadal later stated in his press conference that it was irresponsible – and of course no apologies from Nick during his press conference. Also, during the same press conference, Nick stated he wouldn’t go down to the local pub to grab a beer with Nadal. So, all in all, these guys don’t like each other.


They are like Ying and Yang. Which is interesting, because a lot of other players and people absolutely love Nick Kyrgios. Federer seems to like him and taps him for the Laver Cup and brings him along press tours, like when they played mini tennis in front of the Bean in Chicago ahead of the 2018 laver cup. Andy Murray and Nick seem to get along great, routinely hanging out and sharing meals together. So maybe it’s just left handed Spaniards that he doesn’t like. As many people recall, he got in a nasty spat with Fernando Verdasco last year. It would be fun to see Nadal-Kyrgios on a hard court this summer! More fireworks!


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