Nick Kyrgios says Australian sporting icon Dawn Fraser’s call for him to set a better example or go back where his parents came from is blatantly racist.
The tennis star’s mother also lashed out at the “nasty racist attack”, saying Olympic swimming great Fraser was out of line and un-Australian.
Fraser said on Tuesday morning she was disgusted by Kyrgios’ behaviour and accused him of “tanking” in his fourth-round loss to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
He was booed on court after he appeared to deliberately fail to return serves during the third game of the second set.
“They should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this country, a great country of ours,” Fraser told the Nine Network.
“If they don’t like it, go back to where their fathers or their parents came from.
“We don’t need them here in this country if they act like that.”
Kyrgios is the son of a Greek-born father and Malaysian-born mother but was born in Canberra.
The 20-year-old, who denied tanking, responded via social media, posting a link to Fraser’s tirade on Facebook.
“Throwing a racket, brat. Debating the rules, disrespectful. Frustrated when competing, spoilt. Showing emotion, arrogant,” he wrote.
“Blatant racist, Australian legend.”
His mother Nill added her thoughts on Twitter.
“I have no comments on Dawn Frasers nasty racist attack…but she is out of line. #unaustralianbehaviour,” she posted.