Bette and Joan.
Biggie and Tupac.
Katy and Taylor.
Might Nick and Casper join the upper echelon of epic feuds?
Not so fast: ahead of his return to the Citi Open, 2019 champion Nick Kyrgios discussed rival Casper Ruud hours after the Norwegian captured a third consecutive title—and fifth of the season.
“To win three back-to-back tournaments is not easy at all,” the Aussie said on Sunday. “He's got amazing discipline, obviously a great player. I never cut down his tennis. Great player. That works for him. If that's what's going to work best for his career, that's great.”
The praise comes after Kyrgios previously criticized the slew of ATP 250 tournaments that take place on clay between Wimbledon and the North American hard-court season, a riff that appeared as much to do with his animus towards Ruud as any concern—however genuine—with the calendar.