Nick Kyrgios has torn Bernard Tomic to shreds after the 29-year-old tried to mock his Aussie tennis colleague, only for it to blow up in his face.
Nick Kyrgios has hit back at Bernard Tomic as the pair traded barbs on social media about their respective tennis careers.
There’s no love lost between the two bad boys of the sport Down Under as Tomic goaded his countryman, prompting Kyrgios to give the Queenslander a serve.
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Responding on Instagram last weekend to a fan who claimed Tomic was better than Kyrgios, the Canberran responded: “Better in what way? I’ve got a higher career high (ranking). More money, more wins and give back whenever I can.
“It’s time for BT to just quiet down. He ain’t even playing anymore. I got years left.”
Tomic posted screenshots of those quotes on his Instagram story late on Wednesday night, then uploaded videos of himself mocking Kyrgios.
“The only logical explanation is that I’m his idol,” Tomic said. “He’s always been in my shadow growing up.
“That’s why anytime someone mentions my name to him, it gets under his skin.
“He knows he can’t re-write history. The records that I set when I was 16, 17, 18, and 19 — youngest slam quarter-finalist at Wimbledon (since Boris Becker), the biggest tournament in the world.
“He knows he can’t change that, he can’t re-write that and he would love to shut me up if he could, he knows he can’t.
“He knows my style dominates his and he knows he will lose.”
Kyrgios then took to Instagram to share some thoughts of his own.
“HAHA TOMIC let’s not forget the time I paid for your flight home from Shanghai because you had no money,” Kyrgios wrote.
“Hahahaha re-write history, you are the most HATED athlete in Australia.
“You are right, no one can take over that.”
Kyrgios then posted a screenshot of Tomic’s recent results, adding: “Bernard, I didn’t realise it was this bad. I low key feel bad now.
“Hit me up if you need me to help you remember how to play. Geezus.”
Tomic, 29, has been in the tennis wilderness for years before revealing in December he was getting serious about his comeback to the court. But his ranking still sits at a lowly 418 in the world.
In 2022 he has been playing on the second tier Challenger Tour — rather than the top-level ATP Tour — and has failed to make it past the second round of any event.
Tomic and Kyrgios have clashed before. Last year Kyrgios fumed on social media, writing: “I got compared with Bernard Tomic today and I’ve never felt more insulted.
“Does he have a foundation? @nkfoundation — does he have the accomplishments?
“Did he raise money for the bushfires? It’s disgusting man.
“Do you research, also I ain’t f***ing with anyone who does OnlyFans.
“Oh and by accomplishments (I beat the big 4).”
In December Tomic said he was better than Kyrgios in his prime, sparking another response from the 27-year-old.
“I’m probably one of the only people in tennis in Australia that’s stood up for him multiple times,” Kyrgios told the Sydney Morning Herald at the time. “I’ve done things for him, my family, my brother’s done things for him.”