Nick Kyrgios’ Wimbledon beef with BBC star reopens after ‘disrespectful’ remark

Nick Kyrgios pictured in action at Wimbledon 2023
Tennis rebel Nick Kyrgios called Andrew Castle a ‘clown’ last year (Picture: Getty)

Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios has reopened his beef with BBC commentator Andrew Castle, labelling the British former professional as ‘disrespectful’.

It all kicked off at SW19 last year when Kyrgios called Castle a ‘clown’ for his remarks during the Wimbledon final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.

Kyrgios, who was a Wimbledon runner-up in 2022, then mocked Castle by laughing at his professional record before he became a broadcaster for the BBC.

Castle, in an exclusive interview with Metro.co.uk, brushed off Kyrgios’s criticisms at the start of this year’s Championships and branded him a ‘clickbait golden boy’ in response, calling him out for making easy observations while sat on his sofa.

It was thought the pair had squashed their beef – especially considering they are both working for the BBC this year – but Australia’s Kyrgios has taken a fresh jab.

Kyrgios has been left angered by Castle’s commentary during Monday’s fourth-round match between Taylor Fritz and Alexander Zverev, which the former won.

During the five-set clash, Castle said: ‘You can’t say it’s been the most captivating tennis, to be frank.’

Broadcaster and retired professional tennis player Andrew Castle photographed at the All England Club in Wimbledon
Andrew Castle has been the BBC’s lead commentator for two decades (Picture: Getty)

Kyrgios has taken issue with that point and view and has posted on social media: ”Not captivating’ – was a comment from a commentator who is doing the Zverev & Fritz match.

‘This alone tells me that they have probably never played tennis at a high level. 2 of the most elite servers we have. Quite disrespectful. C’mon be better.’

Meanwhile, Kyrgios hailed Fritz earlier in the Championships following his grudge match against Arthur Rinderknech.

Rinderknech was told to ‘have a nice flight home’ by Fritz as the American trolled his French opponent at the All England Club.

‘This is what the sport needs,’ Kyrgios, who is notorious for his own on-court antics, added. ‘Taylor Fritz [is] cheeky.’

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