Nick Kyrgios has responded to Novak Djokovic’s offer of coaching the Australian by jokingly suggesting they go out for dinner instead. Djokovic amusingly offered to oversee Kyrgios’s career and promised last year’s Wimbledon runner-up that he would win five Grand Slams under the Serb’s tutelage.
The 22-times major champion joked that the sessions would not come cheap. And Kyrgios has now responded to the offer.
Suggesting that he would just prefer to go out for dinner and drinks with Djokovic, Kyrgios took to social media to politely decline the offer. The 27-year-old shared a post containing the quote to his Instagram story.
His caption said: “Haha, instead let’s go have a nice dinner and some drinks.”
It came after Djokovic said on Wednesday: “I would love to coach Nick Kyrgios. He would win five Slams with me, but it would not come cheap.”
Kyrgios and Djokovic have formed an unlikely friendship in recent years, helped by the former’s shock run to the Wimbledon final where he lost to the World No 1 last year. But the pair once shared a fairly toxic relationship, with Kyrgios once claiming he ‘couldn’t stand’ Djokovic.
Speaking in 2019, Kyrgios said: “I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger [Federer].
For me personally – I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far – I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This whole celebration thing that he does after matches, it’s like so cringeworthy. It’s very cringeworthy.”
But Kyrgios’s backing of Djokovic over his inability to play in certain countries over his vaccine stance has seen their bond strengthen. Kyrgios recently admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for his rival.
Although he has been saying bad stuff about me for years, he stood by me,” Djokovic said at Wimbledon last year. “When I was going through the most difficult period, he was one of the rare few people who spoke on my behalf publicly. I am very grateful for that.”
Djokovic survived a shock at the Banja Luka Open on Wednesday. Having lost the first set against the 18-year-old World No 87 Luca van Asshe, the veteran battled back to win 6-7 6-3 6-2.
However, Djokovic, who has been playing with an elbow injury, has once again been forced to deny that he is exaggerating the extent of his fitness issue. He hit back at questions over his elbow, saying: “I leave the doubting to those people—let them doubt. Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting. I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone.