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Kyrgios bemoans lack of respect for achievements after Barty claims Newcombe Medal

After Ash Barty won the Newcombe Medal, Nick Kyrgios lamented a lack of credit for his efforts in Australian tennis. Barty, a three-time grand slam champion, announced his retirement in March, at 25, just two months after winning the Australian Open. On Monday, the former world number one was awarded the highest individual honor in Australian tennis, the Newcombe Medal, for the fifth time in a row. Kyrgios, who won the Australian Open doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis, became Australia’s first male Wimbledon finalist since Mark Philippoussis (2003) in July, but lost to Novak Djokovic. The 27-year-old, then 40th in the world, was also the lowest-ranked grand slam male finalist since Marcos Baghdatis (54) at the Australian Open in 2006. After the announcement of Barty’s individual recognition, Kyrgios took to Instagram to question the decision. “LOL. No respect at all. Don’t give a f***,” he wrote before including a comparison of his 2022 victories to Barty’s year. It is not the first time Kyrgios has spoken out against Australian tennis, previously suggesting it was an “easy decision” to snub the Davis Cup to play at the Diriyah Tennis Cup exhibition event in Riyadh. Kyrgios may take some consolation, though, after being named with Kokkinakis as the Fans’ Favourite doubles team in the 2022 ATP Awards. He responded to the announcement on Instagram, adding: “Obviously lol.”

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