WATCH – Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios renews Novak Djokovic feud with mocking grand entrance

Dubai: Nick Kyrgios renewed his running feud with Novak Djokovic on Sunday when he mocked the world No. 1 with a grand entrance to an empty Margaret Court Arena for his doubles match.

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Before a men’s doubles match with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Australian imitated the way Djokovic celebrates victories with extravagant gestures to all four corners of a stadium.

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“Just feeling the love,” the maverick Australian, knocked out of the singles by Dominic Thiem on Friday night, said when asked to explain his entrance.

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“Just trying to spread the good word of the celebration. Everyone loves that celebration. It’s well liked.” Kyrgios described Djokovic as a “tool” for requesting better conditions for players during their 14-day pre-tournament quarantine, doubling down on his criticism of the Serbian’s ill-fated Adria Tour early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Djokovic returned fire by saying last week that he did not “have much respect” for the Australian off the tennis court.

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Kokkinakis said there had been nothing malicious in the gestures, just the doubles partners trying to generate some energy in a stadium court devoid of fans because of Melbourne’s five-day coronavirus lockdown.

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Kyrgios agreed, but could not resist directing another barb at the 17-times Grand Slam champion.

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“We’re just having some fun,” he added. “Novak, I’m sure, doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all, so it’s fun.”

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