Nick Kyrgios turns down Bernard Tomic million dollar challenge

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Kyrgios described Tomic as Australia’s most hated athlete when the pair traded barbs over who was the best player on Instagram on Wednesday night.

Tomic, who won his only professional encounter in Kooyong in 2019, did himself a favor by offering to pay $1 million for a one-on-one contest.

“At the end of the day, it costs nothing to talk,” Tomic told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m ready to go 2-0 anytime you want. Put your money where your mouth is.

“Let the public decide who is better. I will beat you anywhere, anytime. If not, shut your mouth and start playing doubles again.

“I will dominate you one-on-one,” he added. “So as not to make excuses for you, I’ll even make you play on grass, when you want.

“You know what? Let’s go settle this in the boxing ring. Put on your gloves, I’ll dominate you there too. Let’s see who’s the best once and for all.”

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Kyrgios hasn’t ruled out a boxing match one day, but said the world No. 418 would have to move up the rankings to step onto the court with him.

“I’m still playing on the tour, bro. I’ve got bigger fish to fry,” the world number 76 said in an Instagram video.

“If you want to play against me and want to clear things up, just get back to the top of the sport. I’m right here, I’m not going anywhere.”

Kyrgios won his first Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open this year and also reached the quarterfinals in singles at the $8.5 million Indian Wells tournament.

Former prodigy Tomic, who reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals as a teenager, recently lost in the first round of a $53,120 event in Mexico on the second-tier Challenger tour.

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