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Kyrgios’ COVID-19 call-outs should be done behind closed doors: Newcombe

“When my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something.”

Becker then fuelled the fire on Wednesday morning by endorsing comments made by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, who implored the rest of the world to lay off Novak Djokovic after he hosted a tournament which has since proved to be a coronavirus cluster.

Nick Kyrgios with John Newcombe.

Nick Kyrgios with John Newcombe.Credit:Getty

“It’s my fault, it’s not Novak Djokovic and leave the man alone. Every part of him. He tried to do something good for the whole region,” Brnabic said.

Kyrgios questioned whether partying after Djokovic’s event was “good for the whole region”.

“Standing in a club with his shirt off. Struggling to wrap my head around what good that does for the region,” he said.

Newcombe endorsed Kyrgios calling out players flouting COVID-19 protocols.

“Nick is Nick. The other guys are obviously stupid,” Newcombe told the Herald. “I don’t go out of my way to think about what Nick is thinking. You wouldn’t know what he is going to come up with next but I think it’s good that he’s calling people out. If that’s what he wants to do, that’s good.”

But the seven time Grand Slam winner would have preferred to see Kyrgios take his criticism of Zverev behind closed doors.

“I know when we were playing, if you had a problem you took it to the person. You didn’t make it public. But it’s a different world, I guess,” he said.

Newcombe also shared an interesting take on the USTA and ATP pushing on with plans to host the US Open at the end of August.


Kyrgios is one of several stars who have repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the tournament when COVID-19 is still rife in the US.

But Newcombe believes Djokovic and Nadal, in particular, will front up if the other commits to the grand slam tournament.

“A lot of players would want to play to make the money. For Djokovic and Nadal, they’re chasing grand slams. If one of them plays, the other one thinks ‘well, I better play’,” Newcombe said.

“I’m sure Nadal would like to play at the US Open, even if he doesn’t win it. He needs to practice getting ready for the French.”

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