Nick Kyrgios has backed fellow Netflix Break Level star Matteo Berrettini after the Italian got here beneath fireplace for pursuing industrial alternatives by Italian tennis nice Nicola Pietrangeli.
The 89-year-old, who gained two singles titles at Roland-Garros in 1959 and 1960, is taken into account by many to be the best champion within the historical past of Italian tennis, however tore into Berrettini, who’s presently the third-ranked Italian male on tour.
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“He’s good-looking however his legs don’t transfer the way in which they need to on court docket,” Pietrangeli advised Gazetta dello Sport.
“He is an effective boy, however he’s a bit like (Adriano) Panatta was: implausible from the waist up, however the legs don’t transfer as they need to.”
“He’s too involved with promoting.
“Sinner is one of the best Italian participant.”
Jannik Sinner is the highest ranked Italian on tour, presently ranked World No. 14 and having reached the quarterfinals of each Grand Slam final 12 months.
Berrettini reached the 2021 Wimbledon ultimate, the place he managed to take a set off Novak Djokovic, however has struggled to rediscover prime type since then.
Kyrgios ripped in on Twitter, saying that Berrettini’s life off the court docket was his personal accountability.
“Isn’t it his option to prioritise?” mentioned the Australian.
“I can guarantee you this, he’s making extra financial institution than Sinner off the court docket and for a few of us, cash is essential.”
Berrettini has gained over $10.7 million in prize cash in his profession, and has a signature clothes vary with Hugo Boss.
Kyrgios and Berrettini, who’ve dated Australia’s prime ranked feminine participant Ajla Tomjlanovic, each featured within the first season of Netflix’s tennis documentary Break Level.
Final 12 months, Kyrgios skipped Australia’s Davis Cup marketing campaign to play exhibition tournaments in Dubai and Saudi Arabia for “six figures”, and has made no secret of his want to set himself up financially for as soon as his tennis profession is over.