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Nick Kyrgios rips ‘disrespectful’ broadcast colleague at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios isn’t happy with his BBC colleague Andrew Castle. 

The controversial tennis star ripped his fellow commentator for his comments about Monday’s match between Taylor Fritz and Alexander Zverev in the fourth round at Wimbledon.?

Castle shaded the pair during a conversation with John Lloyd live on the BBC as the score sat at 4-4 in the second set. 

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Lloyd praised the battle between Fritz and Zverev, describing the match as “like two heavyweights and it’s about who blinks first.”

Castle then interjected moments later, saying “You can’t say it’s been the most captivating tennis, to be frank,” ticking Kyrgios off in the process. 

Lloyd would counter: “No, but what they’re doing, it’s amazing how they can do that on this surface at this speed.”

Kyrgios, who was off the air on Monday, took to X to call out Castle minutes later.

“‘Not captivating’ – was a comment from a commentator who is doing the Zverev & Fritz match,” Kyrgios wrote on the social media platform. “This alone tells me that they have probably never played tennis at a high level. 2 of the most elite servers we have. Quite disrespectful. Cmon be better.”

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios holds a BBC microphone as he works courtside, ahead of the women’s singles tennis match between Britain’s Emma Raducanu and Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, on the first day of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships. AFP via Getty Images

“Context. Tour serve quality 7.8,” Kyrgios wrote in a follow-up post. “Zverev & Fritz both above 9. lol.”

Kyrgios, 29, is covering Wimbledon for the network as he deals with various injuries.

He was kept out of the Australian Open in January with a wrist injury after being sidelined in late 2022 with a knee injury.

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He has yet to play since he attempted to make a comeback at last year’s Wimbledon when he suffered a wrist injury in the lead-up to the tournament.

In 2023, Kyrgios nearly won his first Grand Slam, making the finals in the 2022 Wimbledon before falling to Novak Djokovic

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