Not for the first time, Nick Kyrgios has drawn the wrath of tennis fans on social media. The Australian player gave rise to a new controversy on Saturday by stating that he "low-key loves" the Tate Brothers, in response to a question posed by a fan.
One half of the Tate Brothers is Andrew Tate, a TikTok influencer who is infamous for his misogynistic views. Tate was recently banned from all social media platforms for his comments.
The former kickboxer has also made homophobic comments in the past, which has contributed to strict action against him on social platforms.
During a Q&A session that Kyrgios conducted on his Instagram account on Saturday, a fan asked him about his opinion on the Tate Brothers, Andrew and Tristan.
"Love them low key," Kyrgios said in response to the question.
Fans reacted swiftly to Kyrgios' answer, criticizing him for showing 'love' towards someone like Andrew Tate. Some even opined that they were not surprised to see Kyrgios take such a stance, given his controversial past.
(Kyrgios is currently facing domestic abuse charges from his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari).
"Absolutely not shocked that Kyrgios would align himself w/ someone like Tate. It baffles me that for an org so ostensibly concerned w/ growing it's demographics, the ATP continues to promote someone who embodies the hypermasculine exclusionary side of sport more than anyone else," a Twitter user wrote.
"NK is taking stooping low to new levels every single day," another fan expressed.
Here are a few more reactions from fans to Kyrgios' controversial take on the Tate Brothers:
Stefanos Tsitsipas' mother criticizes Nick Kyrgios for "dirty tennis" in Wimbledon match
The 2022 Wimbledon third-round match between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas is remembered as one of the most controversial tennis matches in recent memory. Kyrgios beat Tsitsipas in a match that saw multiple angry outbursts from both players, and to add to the drama they both criticized each other after the match.
Tsitsipas' mother and former tennis player Julia Apostoli recently spoke about the match too. She said that her son was "practically offered to play dirty tennis" but eventually failed as he could not play in such a negative manner as Kyrgios did.
“Could have played better, of course. Our [Wimbledon] match turned out to be very nervous with Nick Kyrgios," Apostoli said in an interview with Championat.
"That is, we were practically offered to play dirty tennis there, but we don’t know how to play such tennis. Therefore, Styopa [Tsitsipas' nickname] lost his temper and left the court without getting there. The only person, perhaps, who brings him into a state of complete confusion is Nick Kyrgios," she added.
Meanwhile, Kyrgios' lawyers recently said that they would appeal to have the domestic assault charges made against him dismissed on mental health grounds.