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'Bra, I did 12 years at school': The Kyrgios podcast takedowns, ranked

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16.05.2019

If Nick Kyrgios ever really tires of travelling the world and playing tennis and making large sums of money, then surely the sweet science beckons for a man of his particular talents.

Given his disdain for training, lacing up the gloves wouldn't be his first choice. His natural habitat would be behind a microphone as a manager or a promoter, because if ever there was an athlete that belonged in a sport with zero filter, it's the Australian tennis star.

Serving up some gold: Nick Kyrgios didn't miss several of his contemporaries in a New York Times interview.Credit:AP

In a podcast with New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, Kyrgios had paint peeling from the walls as he shredded some of the game's iconic figures. It was raw, brutal, completely refreshing (if you aren't one of the targets) and for Rothenberg, a dream interview where every question was greeted with an honest answer.

His main targets were Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco, who chafes Kyrgios like corduroy pants in a Darwin summer. Some of his criticism is so heavily laced with irony it almost implodes but let's explore all three and, because we are grown-ups, rank them accordingly.

It's abundantly clear, as we shall see later, that if Kyrgios was sentenced to 18 holes of golf with one of the trio, Verdasco would be his worst result. He simply cannot cop the bloke. But there is something about his takedown of Djokovic, the current world No.1, that just purrs like a Rolls Royce.

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