Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker lobbed insults at each other in a heated exchange over social media on Tuesday.
Kyrgios took issue with a since-deleted Instagram video showing fellow tennis player Alexander Zverev of Germany dancing in a crowded club amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 25-year-old Australian labeled Zverev as "selfish" for his actions.
The video, which was posted on Instagram by German designer Philipp Plein, surfaced several days after Zverev said he would self-isolate following his involvement in Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour exhibition tournament in Serbia and Croatia. That tournament was canceled after numerous players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Becker, 52, took up for his countryman by tweeting at Kyrgios.
"We all live in the pandemic called Covid_19! It's terrible and it killed to many lives...we should protect our families/loved ones and follow the guidelines but still don't like rats," the six-time Grand Slam champion said.
Kyrgios took umbrage with Becker and launched a series of tweets in his direction.
"Rats? For holding someone accountable?" Kyrgios wrote. "Strange way to think of it champion, I'm just looking out for people. When my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something. ...For goodness sake Boris, I'm not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus. It's a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I'll call him out for it. Simple.
"@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought ... can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though."
--Field Level Media