Kyrgios to meet Khachanov at US Open for first time since public feud

Nick Kyrgios will face Karen Khachanov for the first time since a very public Twitter exchange in September of 2020.

Their last match happened at the 2020 Australian Open where Kyrgios prevailed in five sets and they haven't played since then. They spared a bit on Twitter exchanging words and giving us a brilliant new insult 'you absolute pelican'.

It started when Khachanvo responded to Kyrgios who called out Wilander about his comments on Andy Murray. Khachanov wrote:

“I really think you are a good lad and I don’t have any problem with you. But once you are sitting at home and writing different comments about players that makes me think who has the real problem.”

Kyrgios responded:

“So you think what the players did during this pandemic was smart? I’d love to have an intellectual conversation with you but I’m not sure it would go further than how hard you could hit a ball. I’ve simply been holding people accountable.”

Khachanov responded to that with:

“And next time before talking about my intellect read at least a few books, instead or playing video games whole day long.”

After which Kyrgios dropped the epic:

“I’ve also been feeding the hungry, helping open up new facilities for kids to get active. But way to do your research you absolute pelican.”

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