Nadal offers update on Kyrgios fall-out
Rafa Nadal has defended his recent outburst against Nick Kyrgios and insisted "there's stuff in my opinion he can do better".
Nadal was beaten by the controversial Australian in the last 16 at the Mexican Open last week and afterwards hit out at his opponent, who at one point served under-arm to him in Acapulco, saying "he lacks respect for the public, the rival and himself".
Kyrgios responded by aiming a dig at Nadal being slow between points as the war of words escalated.
Kyrgios was quoted as saying: "That’s the way I play. That’s the way he plays, he’s very slow between points and the rule of the book says you have to play at the speed of the server. But Rafa has the speed every time."
Now, Nadal has again had his say on the 23-year-old and insists he stands by his views, even if he maintains not everything he said was critical.
Nadal said: "None of you were in Acapulco and most of you wrote about the match. I invited you to watch the press conference. I meant what I said, it was in Spanish, some translations are taken out of context. Most of what I said about him was positive.
"I heard Nick put some stuff on his social media. I’m not that young, I don’t check social media every day.
"I don’t feel disrespected by him serving underhand. He is free to do whatever the rules allow him to do.
"I understand this part of the game and I think it’s a good show for the game, but there’s other stuff in my opinion he can do better."
He added: "Everybody is free to do whatever they want but at the end of the day, in my opinion, he has an impact on the new generation. He’s young, he’s a famous player and in my opinion we need to show good values for the kids."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.