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Nick Kyrgios, a man who has had plenty to say about Novak Djokovic in the past, has spoken out against the Serbian's treatment here in Australia.
Tennis fan favourite Kyrgios admits he feels "embarrassed" to be an Australian following the Djokovic deportation saga which made headlines around the world.
After initially having his visa cancelled at the border, despite controversially being granted a vaccine exemption, Djokovic eventually won his legal battle to remain Down Under and defend his Australian open title.
The entire ordeal, including the result itself, has left people split with some fans fuming that he can stay in Australia while others have thrown their support behind the world No.1.
But Kyrgios - like many others - wasn't too happy with the way the whole situation was handled, having his say on the matter in a recent video on social media.
"We know that the media like to create s**tstorms, with my story and everything going on with Novak," Kyrgios said.
"I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete that's seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport. I just don't think it's right how we're handling it but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.
"I just don't want this to take away from any of the great results all the other Australians are having."
The 26-year-old has been an outspoken critic of his Djokovic when it comes to his stance on the pandemic and the vaccine.
Back in 2020 during the start of the pandemic, Djokovic hosted the highly-questionable Adria Tour in a time when cases and deaths were going through the roof.
Djokovic's victory extended his unbeaten run, but Kyrgios wasn't bothered about that and instead called his tennis rival out.
"Hell of a tennis player. May go unbeaten in 2020, can't take that away from him," he tweeted.
"Unfortunately when he was supposed to show some leadership and humility he went missing. Majority would say he has taken an L regardless."
And when the Serbian caught Covid following his Adria Tour nightclub celebrations, the Aussie was quick to react.
When the news broke, Kyrgios tweeted: "Prayers up to all the players that have contracted Covid. Don't @ me for anything I've done that has been 'irresponsible' or classified as 'stupidity' - this takes the cake."
Kyrgios is currently in a race against the clock to compete at the Australian Open after contracting Covid himself.
"I actually don't feel too bad at the moment and I'm taking all necessary precautions," Kyrgios said in the Instagram clip.
"Obviously not ideal a week out from the Australian Open but I'm doing everything in my power to feel OK and get out there and hopefully give you all a show."
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