Australia’s top two men’s tennis stars appear to not be on speaking terms, with Alex de Minaur revealing he’s had little contact with Nick Kyrgios this summer.
Kyrgios (No.19) and de Minaur (No.22) are the only two seeded Aussies in the men’s draw at Melbourne Park, but are joined by nine other compatriots.
De Minaur fronted the media for questions about his lead-up on Friday morning, but reporters were curiously barred from asking any questions regarding Kyrgios, with little explanation offered as to why.
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The 23-year-old was asked whether he’d spoken to his Aussie teammate in the lead-up to the tournament and simply responded with: “No, we haven’t spoken”.
While de Minaur hadn’t spoken to Kyrgios, it is worth noting that Kyrgios did offer his congratulations to his teammate when he beat Rafael Nadal while representing Australia at the United Cup earlier in January.
De Minaur has been outspoken about his pride representing the green and gold throughout the summer, while Kyrgios has sat out of both the Davis Cup and the United Cup, citing an injury as the reason for snubbing the latter.
Kyrgios has also publicly jousted with Australia’s Davis Cup and United Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, who shares a strong relationship with De Minaur.
De Minaur expressed his frustration in November when Kyrgios sat out of the Davis Cup, saying he had tried to talk Kyrgios into representing his country.
While he was not prepared to talk about Kyrgios, de Minaur did express his pride at 10 other compatriots joining him in the main draw at Melbourne Park.
“It’s amazing to see. That’s ultimately the goal as a nation, to show how strong we can really be,” he said.
“There’s a lot of history and culture in our nation in tennis and just to be able to be a small part of it (is a pleasure).
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“We’re obviously very close in the Davis Cup and in the Billie Jean King Cup we were very close as well and I think it just shows what we’re able to do when we represent our country and the passion that we have representing the green and gold.
“Hopefully it’s just the start and we can get more and more players in the main draws and in the top 100 and just be competitive all over the world and just show how great Aussies are.”
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