Novak Djokovic responds to ‘wave of criticism’ from Nick Kyrgios

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Novak Djokovic responds to 'wave of criticism' from Nick Kyrgios



Djokovic would not take the bait (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Novak Djokovic refused to fire back at Nick Kyrgios after the Australian labelled him ‘cringeworthy’ but admitted he is confused by the ‘wave of criticism’ towards him.
Kyrgios claimed the world No. 1 has a ‘sick obesession with wanting to be liked’ while telling the No Challenges Remaining podcast the Serb always ‘says what he thinks he needs to say rather than his actual opinion’.
The controversial Aussie stood by his comments at The Queen’s Club, saying his opinions ‘won’t change’ and insisting he was just being ‘honest’.
Djokovic confessed he was surprised at the lack of respect shown to him by the 24-year-old, revealing he even reached out to offer him help some years ago, but would not rise to the bait.
‘I have had a chance to meet him a bit personally before he started his wave of criticism towards me, I have even offered him some kind of help at the US Open I think five years ago,’ he told Serbian journalists after practising at his compatriot Janko Tipsarevic’s academy.

Kyrgios will compete at Queen’s this week (Picture: Getty Images for LTA)‘Everyone criticised him because of his behaviour, I told him that he can turn to me if he needs anything since I‘ve had similar issues in the early stages of my career. Something has changed since then, but I don‘t know what.
‘I genuinely don‘t think that he is a bad guy. I don‘t know why is he saying everything that he is saying, is he looking for attention or has some other motives… Obviously he wants to be open and transparent, it‘s a part of his character.
‘I respect him and I respect everyone, so what can I do? Is he showing respect like most of the other guys do? No. It‘s his way of communicating, but again, I don‘t think he is a bad guy.
‘Throughout my life I‘ve always strived to respect everyone and I‘ve never had that kind of… Let‘s say “problem“, but it‘s not something that keeps me up at night. I don‘t understand his reasons, but again, I respect it.’
Kyrgios is due to start his campaign at the Fever-Tree Championships against France’s Adrian Mannarino later on Wednesday.
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