Nick Kyrgios Labels Dawn Fraser "Racist"- Reigniting Old Feud
The tennis champ called Fraser a "racist" in 2015 after she told him and Bernard Tomic to "go back to where they came from."
Nick Kyrgios has called out Dawn Fraser as "racist" in a tweet, reigniting a feud from 2015.
The tennis pro was responding to a tweet from Sunrise, which celebrated the swimming great's inclusion on the Queen's Birthday honour recipients.
"Olympic swimming legend Dawn Fraser on becoming a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC, the highest honour)," the tweet read.
Kyrgios replied: "Racist tho."
Fraser was last deemed racist for a bizarre interview in which she told Kyrgios to "go back to where [his] parents came from."
Speaking to the Today Show in 2015, she said she found his behaviour leading to his fourth-round Wimbledon loss "absolutely disgusting".
"I just am so shocked to think that he went out there to play and he tanked, he did all that tanking, that's terrible," she said.
She also appeared to take aim at the German-born Bernard Tomic after he unleashed a tirade against Tennis Australia that caused him to be axed from the David Cup.
"They should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this great country of ours," she said.
"If they don't like it, go back to where their parents came from. We don't need them here in this country to act like that."
Kyrgios, who was born in Canberra, commented on the Facebook post of the interview, calling Fraser "a blatant racist".
He continued: "Throwing a racket, brat. Debating the rules, disrespectful. Frustrated when competing, spoilt. Showing emotion, arrogant. Blatant racist, Australian legend."
Fraser "unreservedly" apologised following the uproar, insisting that her message was coming from a "purely sporting level" and admitting that it could have been delivered more articulately.