Nick Kyrgios’ exchange of Twitter volleys with Adelaide Crows skipper Taylor Walker has extended to Patrick Dangerfield before ending well with virtual hugs.
Walker, who is known as `Tex’, delivered the first serve in the wake of tennis star Kyrgios’ latest on-court discipline issues when being ousted from the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.
“When is this absolute Galoot going to learn. What a dead set flog!! Just suspend the peanut!!” wrote Walker.
Kyrgios replied: “I don’t even know who Tex Walker is lol.”
Walker’s recent AFL teammate, Geelong star recruit Dangerfield decided to supply an answer.
“He is the bloke who raised $66,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation shaving his head… Seems like a good bloke to me,” tweeted Dangerfield.
Kyrgios responded: “I’m currently raising money for a cancer foundation with every ace I hit. Didn’t know it was a competition.”
Dangerfield came back: “didn’t say it was nick you just didn’t know who Tex is so I was filling you in. He also plays footy and wear no.13.”
The spat ended as Kyrgios de-escalated with “I wish the best for you both in your careers. Never said a bad word about him.”
Dangerfield signed off with “sending a nice tweet now makes it impossible for me to send smart ass remark. Goodluck in your next tournament. #deuce”
Twitter spectators remarked on Kyrgios’ restraint, expecting stronger language from the 20-year-old in line with some of his court outbursts.
But with Kyrgios already flirting with a suspension from the ATP Tour it may have been well advised.