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Nick Kyrgios has called tennis opponent Max Purcell a ‘donut’ in an extraordinary sledge on social media.

The 26-year-old tennis bad boy took to Instagram on Monday to call out his Australian rival over comments he made about Kyrgios during the Australian Open.

Purcell believed Kyrgios and his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis were ‘disrespectful’ while on the court.

He agreed with a spectator on social media that Kyrgios should be thrown out of the tournament after he hit a tennis ball into the stands, hitting a nine-year-old boy.

Purcell admitted during a post match interview that Kyrgios’s antics on the court would be a massive drawcard for spectators to come and see his matches, but also a turn-off for tennis fans around the world watching from their home. 

‘As for @maxpurcell you donut, regarding your comments after the match, you clearly have no idea about entertainment and sport,’ Kyrgios responded in the Instagram post.

Nick Kyrgios has called tennis opponent Max Purcell a 'donut' in an extraordinary sledge on social media

Nick Kyrgios has called tennis opponent Max Purcell a 'donut' in an extraordinary sledge on social media

Nick Kyrgios has called tennis opponent Max Purcell a ‘donut’ in an extraordinary sledge on social media

‘If you haven’t noticed there is a reason why people actually come to my matches. It’s because the level & my game are actually worth watching.

‘Next time you lose another slam final, you should just put your head down and try to figure out how to play the big points better. No need to slate other Aussies in the media cuz people would rather watch paint dry than your S&V game style.’

Kyrgios made the sledge as he went on to defend a controversial quip during a post match press conference after winning the Australian Open doubles title.

The doubles- Grand Slam champion boasted his ‘ratings’ are higher than any other player with his comment drawing a wave of backlash after appearing to suggest he is a bigger drawcard than women’s singles winner Ash Barty.

‘F** you media,’ Kyrgios wrote on his Instagram. ‘Honestly, I said nothing disrespectful to @ashbarty I said that the crowd this year was amazing and I feel as if @the-kokk1 & I were a big part of that.

‘Ash’s father came to me and even said that. All I said was that when people watch me around the world the stadiums are full. I grew up with Ash & always knew her potential.’ 

During his post match press conference, Kyrgios’ anger then turned towards Purcell after the pair had exchanged some prickly words through the media throughout the tournament.

Purcell earlier in the tournament appeared to write on Instagram that Kyrgios and Kokkinakis were ‘disrespectful’ to their opponents and he ‘couldn’t agree more’ to a comment that called for Kyrgios to be disqualified for hitting a ball into the crowd, striking a nine-year-old boy.

Purcell praised Kyrgios in his post-match press conference following the final, but also said: ‘I think it was great for ticket sales here but I’m not so sure how it was taken overseas.

‘If you’re watching some of Nick and Thanasi’s matches earlier in the week and you’re overseas, maybe you get turned off tennis a little bit.’ 

Purcell believed Kyrgios and his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis were 'disrespectful' while on the court

Purcell believed Kyrgios and his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis were 'disrespectful' while on the court

Purcell believed Kyrgios and his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis were ‘disrespectful’ while on the court

Kyrgios’ earlier comments about Barty were the bigger storm on Sunday.

‘I would say that we’ve created probably the best atmosphere this tournament has ever seen,’ Kyrgios told reporters on Saturday night after the doubles final.

‘Ash (Barty’s) father came to us and said the crowd was the best he’s ever seen. Obviously Ash is a hell of a player, but I think the ratings speak for themselves.

‘The ratings speak for themselves. People watch my matches, everywhere I play around the world the stadiums are full for that reason.

‘So I don’t think those people that are screaming out before points, that’s got nothing to do with us.

‘But there’s a reason why the ratings are the way they are and people are glued to the TV when we play. It speaks for itself really.’

The comment was received with a scathing backlash from some tennis commentators.

Speaking on ABC Offsiders, English tennis commentator Catherine Whitaker said Kyrgios’ comment was ‘pretty extraordinary actually’.

‘My jaw dropped when I read those quotes and I thought it might have been one of those where the quote is written down and it looks a bit worse than when you see the clip, sometimes that can be the case with press conferences.

‘But it’s not the case in this instance. I mean, on a night that was about Ash Barty, without question, to say that, it is pretty extraordinary.’

Offsiders host Kelly Underwood said it was ‘extremely disrespectful’ and called on Kyrgios to read the room. 

Ash Barty won the woman's Australian Open on Saturday beaking a 44-year drought for an Aussie woman to win the Grand Slam (pictured )

Ash Barty won the woman's Australian Open on Saturday beaking a 44-year drought for an Aussie woman to win the Grand Slam (pictured )

Ash Barty won the woman’s Australian Open on Saturday beaking a 44-year drought for an Aussie woman to win the Grand Slam (pictured )

It comes as a report revealed Barty’s match was the most watched women’s final since the current ratings system began keeping records in 1999.

Nine Newspapers reports Barty’s match had a record peak audience of 4.2 million. The report details Kyrgios’ match (at the later and less TV-friendly timeslot) attracted a peak audience of 3.1 million — a record for a men’s doubles final.

Nick Kyrgios has once again divided tennis fans with a controversial quip at a post match press conference after winning the Australian Open doubles title, boasting that his ‘ratings’ are higher than any other player. 

The 26-year-old and fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis sealed the win on Saturday after a stellar run at the Grand Slam in which the pair whipped up the vocal support of the home crowd. 

But Kyrgios’ blunt answer to a reporter’s question about how the enthusiastic atmosphere at his matches caused a wave of backlash when he appeared to suggest he is a bigger drawcard than women’s singles winner Ash Barty.

Barty, the current world No.1, broke the 44-year drought for an Aussie woman to claim the Australian Open championship earlier on Saturday night when she beat American newcomer Danielle Collins. 

Kyrgios (pictured with doubles partner Kokkinakis) was slammed over the comments

Kyrgios (pictured with doubles partner Kokkinakis) was slammed over the comments

Kyrgios (pictured with doubles partner Kokkinakis) was slammed over the comments 

‘I would say that we’ve created probably the best atmosphere this tournament has ever seen,’ Kyrgios told the press gallery. 

His ‘Special Ks’ doubles partner Kokkinakis – next to him at the conference – smiled as he let his outspoken teammate and childhood friend volley back the question – but even his grin dropped as Kyrgios continued. 

‘Ash (Barty’s) father came to us and said the crowd was the best he’s ever seen. Obviously Ash is a hell of a player, but I think the ratings speak for themselves.

‘People watch my matches, everywhere I play around the world the stadiums are full for that reason.

‘So I don’t think those people that are screaming out before points, that’s got nothing to do with us.

‘But there’s a reason why the ratings are the way they are and people are glued to the TV when we play. It speaks for itself really.’ 

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His comments on what was really Barty’s night were was seen by some as disrespectful. 

And on Sunday, the broadcast ratings for both finals were revealed with Barty’s raking in peak audience of 4.2million – the highest ratings for a women’s Australian Open final since 1999.

Kyrgios and Kokkanikis pulled 3.1million at the later timeslot – which was still a record for a men’s doubles match.

‘Someone needs to update Kyrgios on Ash’s ratings,’ one Twitter user said.

‘Remember that brief period everyone liked Kyrgios,’ added a third.

Nick Kyrgios with his partner Costeen Hatzi after winning the Men's doubles final with Thanasi Kokkinakis, against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell of Australia (pictured)

Nick Kyrgios with his partner Costeen Hatzi after winning the Men's doubles final with Thanasi Kokkinakis, against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell of Australia (pictured)

Nick Kyrgios with his partner Costeen Hatzi after winning the Men’s doubles final with Thanasi Kokkinakis, against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell of Australia (pictured)

English tennis commentator Catherine Whitaker told Offsiders her ‘jaw dropped’ at the comments.

‘I thought it might have been one of those where the quote is written down and it looks a bit worse than when you see the clip, sometimes that can be the case with press conferences.’ Ms Whitaker said.

‘But it’s not the case in this instance. I mean, on a night that was about Ash Barty, without question, to say that, it is pretty extraordinary.’

Host Kelli Underwood said the comments were ‘extremely disrespectful’ and said on he should read the room.

Ash Barty of Australia poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at a park the morning after defeating Danielle Collins of the U.S. in the women's singles final (pictured)

Ash Barty of Australia poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at a park the morning after defeating Danielle Collins of the U.S. in the women's singles final (pictured)

Ash Barty of Australia poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at a park the morning after defeating Danielle Collins of the U.S. in the women’s singles final (pictured) 

Kyrgios has clearly been enjoying himself on the tennis court at the Australian Open over the last two weeks even admitting he ‘felt happy’.

It’s a far cry from the often grumpy version who would frequently clash with the crowd and reporters when he was at his career high of No.13 in the world.

One observer noted on Twitter that Kyrgios – a huge basketball fan – might be better suited to playing with a teammate on the court. 

‘He needs someone who can channel his energy and talent in right direction. Probably in doubles Kokkinakis is able to do that,’ they said. 

Source: Daily Mail

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