Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7169435/I-never-friends-Teenage-tennis-sensation-unleashes-Nick-Kyrgios.htmlNick Kyrgios has been slammed by a rising Canadian tennis star who said he 'could never be friends with him'.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, 18, defeated Kyrgios at the Queen's tournament in London on Thursday, before going on a scathing rant about the Australian tennis bad boy.
Meanwhile Kyrgios, 24, was slapped with a $25,000 fine after a series of heated exchanges with the umpires in his first and second round matches.
Following Kyrgios' usual display of unsportsmanlike behaviour throughout their match, Auger-Aliassime kept his cool to win in straight sets 6-7 7-6 7-5.
'I think he's a good tennis player, but I could never be friends or close to a person like that,' he said in an interview with Tennis Life Media.
'Beyond that, if I wasn't a tennis player - for example, if we knew each other at school or whatever - he's not someone I would be friends with or hang out with. So you have to look at two things. There's the tennis player, and there's the person. I don't really feel like associating with a person like that.'
Although Auger-Aliassime made it clear he wasn't a fan of Kyrgios' attitude, he did admit that he admires the hot headed Aussie's tennis prowess.
'All I have to say, really, about a person like that is that I admire what he does on the court. He's a very good player. His tennis qualities are incredible.'
Kyrgios, 24, was slapped with a $25,000 fine after a series of heated exchanges with the umpires in his first and second round matches at the Queen's Club in London last week.
The world number 40 was handed fines of $3,600 and $7,200 for two offences in his match against Spaniard Carballes Baena.
Auger-Aliassime has earned himself the nickname King Felix - making the players' rivalry all the more fiery considering Kyrgios refers to himself as 'King Kyrgios' on Instagram.
The controversial player was hit with hefty punishment for unsportsmanlike conduct on Friday, adding to the list of misdemeanours that have plagued him throughout his career.