Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios defends Daniil Medvedev after he was called a loser by fans


Nick Kyrgios is branded a hypocrite for slamming ‘disgusting’ fans who chanted ‘LOSER’ at Daniil Medvedev – after furious world No.1 confronted them in fiery scenes

  • Kyrgios has called out fans who chanted ‘loser’ at Daniil Medvedev 
  • It came after Kyrgios defeated the Russian in three sets at the Canadian Open 
  • Fans pointed out the hypocrisy of Kyrgios calling out disrespectful behaviour 

Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios has gone to the defence of Daniil Medvedev, slamming ‘disgusting’ fans for not showing respect to the world number one after they chanted ‘loser’ at him.

Fresh off his 7-6, 4-6, 2-6 defeat to Kyrgios at the Canadian Open in Montreal, Medvedev was exiting the venue when several fans shouted the insult at him.

The 26-year-old Russian was clearly unimpressed by the comment, turning around to confront one of the louder fans and having an animated discussion while flanked by security guards. 

Footage shows Medvedev finally pulling away after almost one minute, telling the fan to ‘think’ while gesturing to his head. 

Daniil Medvedev reacts after dropping a point in his recent match against Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios took out the encounter at the Canadian Open against the world number one in three sets

Nick Kyrgios took out the encounter at the Canadian Open against the world number one in three sets

A Medvedev fan account on social media condemned the remarks.  

‘God, how awful can fans be when they chant ‘loser’ to a tennis player after a tough battle on the court,’ the fan account wrote on Twitter.

‘Achieve something yourself in this life. Having respect for another person is an important rule of a human being.’

This was backed up strongly by Kyrgios – the opponent who had beaten him just prior to the fiery encounter. 

Daniil Medvedev (left) shakes hands with Nick Kyrgios after the latter won their match at the Canadian Open

Daniil Medvedev (left) shakes hands with Nick Kyrgios after the latter won their match at the Canadian Open

The Aussie branded the fans’ behaviour ‘disgusting’.

‘This is the best we have in the sport? Fans need to show some respect,’ he tweeted. 

Some fans praised Kyrgios for his comments, thanking him for calling out the ‘low-life’ behaviour. 

Daniil Medvedev couldn't even bring himself to watch his own match after a three set defeat to Kyrgios

Daniil Medvedev couldn’t even bring himself to watch his own match after a three set defeat to Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios celebrates his victory over Medvedev in Montreal

Nick Kyrgios celebrates his victory over Medvedev in Montreal

Many others pointed out the apparent hypocrisy of calling out the disrespect from fans when both players have been guilty of disrespecting umpires and spectators during bad-tempered outbursts while playing. 

One pointed out ‘respect is earned and goes both ways’, while another called out Kyrgios’ behaviour towards umpires: ‘do as I say, not as I do. Ask umpires and line judges about being shown some respect’.

Another fan commented on the post that Kyrgios ‘attracted this kind of fan’ with his own disrespectful behaviour – writing ‘you reap what you sow, hypocrite’. 

The fiery pair have often courted controversy over their careers, which includes spitting at fans, swearing at umpires and even chastising poor ball kids. 

Medvedev was widely booed at the Australian Open earlier this year after fiery encounters with umpires and an epic rant at the young ball kids.

Kyrgios, although cleaning up his behaviour somewhat of late, has amassed an astonishing $800,000 in fines over the course of his career, and was fined $14,500 at Wimbledon for spitting in the direction of a spectator. 

Nick Kyrgios (pictured) and Daniil Medvedev can often be seen confronting a chair umpire during their matches

Nick Kyrgios (pictured) and Daniil Medvedev can often be seen confronting a chair umpire during their matches

Given Russian players were barred from competing at Wimbledon, Medvedev has been playing more sparingly than usual.

He won the Los Cabos Open in Mexico earlier this month, but crashed out of the Mallorca Open early. 

Kyrgios, on the other hand, has enjoyed what may well be the best form of his career. 

Nick Kyrgios and Costeen Hatzi take a ride around Washington DC while Kyrgios was in town to compete at the Citi Open

Nick Kyrgios and Costeen Hatzi take a ride around Washington DC while Kyrgios was in town to compete at the Citi Open

He won his first ATP singles title in six years at the Citi Open in Washington DC, and also won his past two doubles titles with Jack Sock and Thanasi Kokkinakis respectively.

He’s been spotted enjoying all the sights the US has to offer with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi since his giant-killing Wimbledon run – and will be hoping to continue his red-hot form at the US Open, which begins on August 29. 

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