Nick Kyrgios takes swipe at critics after match against Novak Djokovic sells out in under an hour

Nick Kyrgios at a post-match press interview Credit: Alamy
Nick Kyrgios at a post-match press interview Credit: Alamy

Nick Kyrgios is revelling in the fact that his exhibition clash against Novak Djokovic sold out in just 58 minutes.

After first teasing fans about a possible men’s doubles match with Djokovic, it was confirmed on Monday that the duo would in fact be on opposite sides of the net for an exhibition match this week in what will be a rematch – although not competitively – of their 2022 Wimbledon final, won by the Serbian.

The pair formed a bromance last year after Kyrgios famously support Djokovic following his deportation from Australia.

The Arena Showdown between “tennis’ most famous frenemies” will take place at Rod Laver Arena on Friday January 13 and the A$20 tickets went on sale on Tuesday with proceeds from the event going to the Australian Tennis Foundation.

The match will be the finale of the Australian Open’s Perfect Practice series, which will also see the likes of Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev play over the next few days.

Tickets for the Kyrgios-Djokovic match sold like hot cakes and the Australian, often labelled the bad boy of tennis, made the most of the opportunity to point out that he is good at putting bums on seats.

“Wow Nick Kyrgios is bad for the sport! Wow what a disgrace, a national embarrassment! How dare he sell out another stadium, the arrogance,” the world No 20 wrote in reply to a tweet that confirmed tickets were sold out in 58 minutes.

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The exhibition match against Djokovic will be Kyrgios’ only public encounter before the Australian Open as he opted to withdrew from last week’s United Cup and this week’s Adelaide International 2 due to an unspecified injury.

He also opted to skip the final few weeks of the 2022 season due to injury with his last competitive singles match taking place in early October at the Japan Open. However, he did compete in the doubles at the ATP Finals alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis while he also played in the controversial exhibition Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia

Kyrgios will be seeded 20th for the Australian Open and will hope to improve on last year’s performance at Melbourne Park as he exited in the second round. His best run at his home Grand Slam came in 2015 when he reached the quarter-final.

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