Bernard Tomic challenges Nick Kyrgios to raise $ 1 million for winner-take-all-tennis match

Bernard Tomic said Nick Kyrgios to “put your money where your mouth is” and challenged his rival to take part in a $ 2 million winner-take-all-confrontation as the war of words between the two escalated.

The quarrel between the Australian tennis stars erupted this week, with Kyrgios telling Tomic that he needs to “calm down” after claiming he is a better player than him.

The latter shot back claiming that Kyrgios only encouraged him because he is in fear of what he has achieved on the court. Tomic is currently the world number 418, while Kyrgios is the 76th player in the world.

Bernard Tomic (left) and Nick Kyrgios have been good friends before, but have fallen dramatically over the past five years.

Bernard Tomic vs. Nick Kyrgios head-to-head

Name: Bernard Tomic

Age: 29

ATP World Ranking: 418

Become a professional: 2008

Last tournament won: 2018 Chengdu Open (singles)

Career titles: 4

Name: Nick Kyrgios

Age: 27

ATP World Ranking: 76

Become a professional: 2013

Last tournament won: 2022 Australian Open (doubles), 2019 Citi Open (singles)

Career titles: 6

Head-to-head record: Tomic won the only previous encounter between the two, beating Kyrgios in straight sets in a demo game.

On Thursday night, Tomic raised the bar even higher, saying he was ready to face his enemy “anywhere, anytime” and that he was willing to put in $ 1 million in prize money provided Kyrgios agreed to do the same.

“Put your money where your mouth is or accept that I’m better than you, period,” the 29-year-old said. Gold Coast Bulletin.

‘Speech is cheap. I’m glad to make it two zero [to me] ever.

– I’ll make a million and you’ll make a million, let’s see who’s the best player. Let the public see which is better once and for all.

I have easily defeated you before and I will do it again. Besides, we’ll play on the grass so you don’t make excuses. ‘

Earlier this week, Kyrgios claimed Tomic was “the most hated athlete in Australia” after his old rival said he was the reigning athlete. Australian Open male double champion “always lived in my shadow”.

‘The only logical explanation is that I am his idol. He’s always been in my shadow growing up, ’Tomic said in a video he posted on Instagram.

‘That’s why when anyone mentions my name to him, it gets under his skin.’

The 29-year-old then bizarrely referenced his long-finished junior career, implying that it is clear proof that he is the better player.

Kyrgios (second from left) and Tomic (second from right) pictured after winning the Davis Cup final for Australia in 2016

Kyrgios (second from left) and Tomic (second from right) pictured after winning the Davis Cup final for Australia in 2016

‘He knows he can’t rewrite history. The records I set when I was 16, 17, 18 and 19 – the youngest slam quarterfinalist at Wimbledon (since Boris Becker), the biggest tournament in the world, ‘he said.

– He knows he can’t change that, he can’t rewrite that and he’d like to shut me up if he could, he knows he can’t.

‘He knows my style dominates his and he knows he’s going to lose.’

The outburst was his reaction to Kyrgios’ claim last week that Tomic is now essentially insignificant when it comes to tennis.

Tomic referenced his successful junior career explaining why he was a better tennis player than Kyrgios

Tomic referenced his successful junior career explaining why he was a better tennis player than Kyrgios

– Better in what way? I have a higher career [ranking]. More money, more wins and give back whenever I can, ‘he told the fan on Instagram, who claimed Tomic was better.

– It’s time for BT to just calm down. He doesn’t even play anymore. I have years left. ‘

Kyrgios was much sharper in response to Tomic’s video on Wednesday night, pointing out his humble world rankings – he is currently 418th in the world, while Kyrgios is 76th – and a lack of support in his home country.

– Bernard, I didn’t realize it was so bad. I feel bad now, ‘Kyrgios posted on his Instagram account, highlighting Tomic’s ranking.

Kyrgios then retaliated with a screenshot of Tomic's latest results on the Challenger tour.

Kyrgios then retaliated with a screenshot of Tomic’s latest results on the Challenger tour.

– Beat me if you need me to help you remember how to play. Geezus.

‘Let’s not forget the time I paid for your flight home from Shanghai, because you had no money.

‘Hahaha re write history, you are the most hated athlete in Australia. You’re right, no one can take that over, ‘said Kyrgios, accompanied by a pair of weeping, laughing emojis.

Neither pair are competing in the French Open at the moment, although both are expected to play at Wimbledon this June and July.

Kyrgios marked Tomic as

Kyrgios has branded Tomic as “the most hated athlete in Australia” after his rival said he would never be able to match his career milestones.

Kyrgios is confident he can shake up the tournament by recently labeling himself the best player in the world on grass, while Tomic declared in January that he could win the title before retiring.

– I can win Wimbledon. We all know this, I know this – I’m probably the top 10 player in the world on the grass, ‘he told A Current Affair earlier this year.

‘I’ll do it before I retire, I’ll do it, that’s for sure.

‘Time is running out. I’m probably four or five good years old and I want to do that for myself […] to finish it right and retire happy and innocent, ‘said Tomic.

Tomic spent much of last year on the Challenger Tour, a level below the ATP tour, while Kyrgios continues to rise in the rankings after starting the year out of the top 100.

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