Kyrgios snubbed Davis Cup for Six Figures Diriyah Tennis Cup

JanMijer

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Aussie tennis stars stumped by Nick Kyrgios' Davis Cup snub for 'six-figure' Saudi Arabia payday

By Emily Patterson - 7 hours ago

Lleyton Hewitt and Alex de Minaur have aired their frustration at Nick Kyrgios' ongoing Davis Cup snub, claiming this year's Wimbledon finalist made himself unavailable for the final to chase a six-figure payday in Saudi Arabia.

Hewitt's team of Thanasi Kokkinakis, Max Purcell, Matt Ebden, de Minaur and Jordan Thompson courageously fought off Croatia to reach Australia's first Davis Cup final in 19 years.

But first-time champions Canada clinched the title over Australia on Monday morning following victories to top-20 ranked players Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Kyrgios surpassed de Minaur as the nation's No.1 ranked singles player in September, while doubles titles at Washington, Atlanta and Melbourne Park alongside best mate Kokkinakis solidified his place as Australia's top doubles player.

But the 27-year-old hasn't played in the Davis Cup since 2019 – the same year he missed selection for "failing cultural standards".

Instead of representing his country in the men's team event, Kyrgios is preparing to play in the heavily criticised Diriyah Tennis Cup - a lucrative three-day exhibition event in Saudi Arabia where he is expected to pick up a six-figure appearance fee just for showing up.

He has also signed up to play in the World Tennis League in Dubai next month.

Despite a successful tournament for Australia, Auger-Aliassime secured the winning point for the North Americans when he downed de Minaur 6-3 6-4 in their singles tie.

Speaking afterwards, a "gutted" Hewitt was unable to explain why Kyrgios kept making himself unavailable for selection.

"I don't know. You have to ask him. I can't try any harder," he said while adding that he "of course" approached Kyrgios about making a return.

"I try and come here with the best possible team we can field."

De Minaur is also frustrated with his countryman.

"I have tried as well. [It's] just wasn't meant to be," he said of luring Kyrgios to the tournament.

An eagle-eyed social media user also questioned whether Kyrgios' exile was secretly referenced in a de Minaur Instagram post on Saturday.

In the post, de Minaur praised his Davis Cup teammates and said there was "no greater honour" than representing his country.

Kyrgios left a simple response: "About to go to Saudi for 6 figures actually."




 

Purestriker

Legend
Aussie tennis stars stumped by Nick Kyrgios' Davis Cup snub for 'six-figure' Saudi Arabia payday

By Emily Patterson - 7 hours ago

Lleyton Hewitt and Alex de Minaur have aired their frustration at Nick Kyrgios' ongoing Davis Cup snub, claiming this year's Wimbledon finalist made himself unavailable for the final to chase a six-figure payday in Saudi Arabia.

Hewitt's team of Thanasi Kokkinakis, Max Purcell, Matt Ebden, de Minaur and Jordan Thompson courageously fought off Croatia to reach Australia's first Davis Cup final in 19 years.

But first-time champions Canada clinched the title over Australia on Monday morning following victories to top-20 ranked players Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Kyrgios surpassed de Minaur as the nation's No.1 ranked singles player in September, while doubles titles at Washington, Atlanta and Melbourne Park alongside best mate Kokkinakis solidified his place as Australia's top doubles player.

But the 27-year-old hasn't played in the Davis Cup since 2019 – the same year he missed selection for "failing cultural standards".

Instead of representing his country in the men's team event, Kyrgios is preparing to play in the heavily criticised Diriyah Tennis Cup - a lucrative three-day exhibition event in Saudi Arabia where he is expected to pick up a six-figure appearance fee just for showing up.

He has also signed up to play in the World Tennis League in Dubai next month.

Despite a successful tournament for Australia, Auger-Aliassime secured the winning point for the North Americans when he downed de Minaur 6-3 6-4 in their singles tie.

Speaking afterwards, a "gutted" Hewitt was unable to explain why Kyrgios kept making himself unavailable for selection.

"I don't know. You have to ask him. I can't try any harder," he said while adding that he "of course" approached Kyrgios about making a return.

"I try and come here with the best possible team we can field."

De Minaur is also frustrated with his countryman.

"I have tried as well. [It's] just wasn't meant to be," he said of luring Kyrgios to the tournament.

An eagle-eyed social media user also questioned whether Kyrgios' exile was secretly referenced in a de Minaur Instagram post on Saturday.

In the post, de Minaur praised his Davis Cup teammates and said there was "no greater honour" than representing his country.

Kyrgios left a simple response: "About to go to Saudi for 6 figures actually."




An independent contractor took a job paying more? Yeah makes sense to me.
 

Kralingen

Bionic Poster
If you think about Nick’s unique mental situation it makes sense. He got snubbed for DC last year, felt betrayed and embarrassed, and now he feels like he doesn’t owe them anything because they weren’t there for him.

Basically he feels he’d rather stick to himself and maximize his personal income than play for an ungrateful team and country. Basically if you can’t handle me at my worst don’t ask for me at my best

Is it logical? No, not at all, he was dropped for a reason. But in Nick’s egotistical head it makes perfect sense.
 

reaper

Legend
If you think about Nick’s unique mental situation it makes sense. He got snubbed for DC last year, felt betrayed and embarrassed, and now he feels like he doesn’t owe them anything because they weren’t there for him.

Basically he feels he’d rather stick to himself and maximize his personal income than play for an ungrateful team and country. Basically if you can’t handle me at my worst don’t ask for me at my best

Is it logical? No, not at all, he was dropped for a reason. But in Nick’s egotistical head it makes perfect sense.

All they really wanted him to do was try.
 

weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
If you think about Nick’s unique mental situation it makes sense. He got snubbed for DC last year, felt betrayed and embarrassed, and now he feels like he doesn’t owe them anything because they weren’t there for him.

Basically he feels he’d rather stick to himself and maximize his personal income than play for an ungrateful team and country. Basically if you can’t handle me at my worst don’t ask for me at my best

Is it logical? No, not at all, he was dropped for a reason. But in Nick’s egotistical head it makes perfect sense.

In Nick's mind, he is always the victim.
 

weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal ends his gruelling season chasing money halfway around the world in Brazil for money. Playing worthless exists with Ruud, of all people.

They all do it, not just Nick.

Nadal was up to play in Davis Cup lol?

Do you understand the issue here? Nick skipped DC to prepare for an exho, not even to play in one, there was no scheduling conflict.
 

berkyboy

Rookie
Hewitt talked shirt about him for years.... RESPECT is 2 way street...at the end putting better food on the table of your better house is MORE important then Hewitt n country....FAMILY FIRST
 

reaper

Legend
Hewitt talked shirt about him for years.... RESPECT is 2 way street...at the end putting better food on the table of your better house is MORE important then Hewitt n country....FAMILY FIRST

I don't think Hewitt even bad mouthed him after he tanked his Davis Cup match in Darwin. Kyrgios has been treated extraordinarily charitably for a guy who's such a sleazebag.
 
The Davis cup has been significantly downgraded and made less attractive.
It's not Nick's thought if it's the best Hewitt and de Minaur can do.
 

big ted

Legend
i thought kyrgios was taking the rest of the year off because he was "homesick" and wanted to be with his sick mom and girlfriend lol...
he stands on this high horse criticizing everyone on twitter and acts like hes better
than everyone else but this shows his true character and what really motivates him... its an 18 hr flight btw lol
 

Rattie

Legend
Hmmmm. Unlike most people tennis players have a relatively short working life. They retire in their 30s. Why would anyone be surprised that they choose to maximise their earnings when they can. They potentially have another 40 plus years of life to live after they hang up their racket.
 

JanMijer

Rookie
Hewitt talked shirt about him for years.... RESPECT is 2 way street...at the end putting better food on the table of your better house is MORE important then Hewitt n country....FAMILY FIRST
I think Kyrgios was once rejected by the Australian Olympics Team because his behaviour was not up to their "standard". When you are rejected by your country like that, it feels as if you are not wanted at all, so why bother.
 

accidental

Hall of Fame
He also said after the US Open he was going end his season to spend time with his sick mother.

Then he has played in Japan, the world tour finals (in doubles) and exos in Mexico and now Saudi Arabia

 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal ends his gruelling season chasing money halfway around the world in Brazil, playing worthless exists with Ruud.

They all do it, not just Nick.
Hi, Fed devotee! Let me remind you that your beloved player ended his grueling 2019 season chasing money halfway around the world in Latin & South America, playing worthless exists with A. Zverev.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Let me remind you that your beloved player ended his grueling 2019 season chasing money halfway around the world in Latin & South America, playing worthless exists with A. Zverev.
Yes, I recall that very well and dished out visceral criticism of Fed for doing it at the time - as if his billions aren't enough. I already stated in my comment, "they all do it." That statement includes Roger Federer.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa too could have opted to play DC for Spain...but chose $$ instead
Rafa and Spain's Davis Cup captain made an agreement at the beginning of the season that Rafa wouldn't play Davis Cup in 2022. He may play in the future.
 
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jindra

Hall of Fame
There's two issues here and they're separate:

- Obviously reprehensible that he is playing in KSA, but let's not forget that everyone goes to KSA for that money. Biden was recently there and it was for that money.

- Kyrgios playing DC or not. If he failed "cultural standards" before, I don't see what actions he took recently that made him make those "standards" now... does making Wimbledon final qualify for that!?

And I hate to agree with Bart here... they're trying to blame the loss on Kyrgios, which is pathetic and exactly the move I expect from Hewitt.
 
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JanMijer

Rookie
Lost a lot of respect for Nick re this LIV Tennis thing. You expect it from the Russians, but not from English speakers.

Who play at LIV Golf Tournaments? Australians, Americans, British players, etc. The West has always been pro Saudi Arabia because they need the oil and they also used Saudi Arabia as their base during Iraq invasion.

I don't see any Russian players in LIV Golf website:

The International Golf Federation (IGF) has banned golfers from Russia and Belarus from competing in tournaments under its jurisdiction.
 
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Rosstour

G.O.A.T.
Disgusting comment.

The Brits bore the biggest cost in WWII while we dithered. And Wimbledon have taken the lead in standing against the Fourth Reich. I think of our culture as being inherently hostile to despotism and dictators, especially the religious variety. So I'm disappointed when people from the English-speaking world break formation and cozy up to guys like MBS or Aliev.
 

jindra

Hall of Fame
The Brits bore the biggest cost in WWII while we dithered. And Wimbledon have taken the lead in standing against the Fourth Reich. I think of our culture as being inherently hostile to despotism and dictators, especially the religious variety. So I'm disappointed when people from the English-speaking world break formation and cozy up to guys like MBS or Aliev.

You need to read up on your history before you expose your BS tale of western moral superiority.

Also have in mind that 20 million people in the Soviet Union died during WWII. But perhaps they didn't speak English so it doesn't count?!
 

Rosstour

G.O.A.T.
You need to read up on your history before you expose your BS tale of western moral superiority.

Also have in mind that 20 million people in the Soviet Union died during WWII. But perhaps they didn't speak English so it doesn't count?!

My ancestors fled the pogroms in Tsarist Russia, so you're asking the wrong guy for gratitude to the Russians
 
Instead of representing his country in the men's team event, Kyrgios is preparing to play in the heavily criticised Diriyah Tennis Cup - a lucrative three-day exhibition event in Saudi Arabia where he is expected to pick up a six-figure appearance fee just for showing up.

Why is this exho “heavily criticized”?
 

NeutralFan

G.O.A.T.
If you think about Nick’s unique mental situation it makes sense. He got snubbed for DC last year, felt betrayed and embarrassed, and now he feels like he doesn’t owe them anything because they weren’t there for him.

Basically he feels he’d rather stick to himself and maximize his personal income than play for an ungrateful team and country. Basically if you can’t handle me at my worst don’t ask for me at my best

Is it logical? No, not at all, he was dropped for a reason. But in Nick’s egotistical head it makes perfect sense.

Fortunately,he's not playing a team sport or his career would have been long over by now with this attitude.
 

CHillTennis

Hall of Fame
This was a smart move by Nick.

He chose to take the more lucrative opportunity and skipped out on David Cup, which nobody cares about anyway.
 

JanMijer

Rookie
Why is this exho “heavily criticized”?

Something to do with "human rights" violation by KSA.





 
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