Rafael Nadal believes that young players need to have “good values”. He criticised Nick Kyrgio last week in Acapulco, on the other hand, he expressed his respect for the Australian tennis player.
According to the Nadal, Kyrgios “lacked respect” after surviving three-match points and beating him in the quarter-finals.
Rafael said: “I never said nothing too negative about Nick, even if he took it more personally”.
“But there’s other stuff in my opinion he can do better,” the Spaniard added.
However, Rafael did not feel disrespected due to Nick’s underarm serve. He later justified his statements saying that his opinions had nothing to do with underarm serve.
During the match, Nick jibed the spectators who were Nadal supporters and complained of illness.
Rafael said: “I heard that he took it very personally. I really didn’t see it but somebody told me he put some stuff on his social networks.”
“I understand this part of the game and I think it’s a good show for the game.
“Everybody is free to do whatever they want, but, in my opinion, he has an impact on the new generations. He’s young, he’s a famous player and in my opinion we need to show good values for the kids.”
Last week, Nick said that he was not interested in Rafael’s comments after winning the tournament in Acapulco.