Nick Kyrgios has reignited his feud with Australian Olympic legend Dawn Fraser, labelling her ‘racist’ in a tweet after she was honoured by the Queen.
Fraser, 80, who won four Olympic swimming gold medals, was recognised for her services to sport as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours.
“I’m so very grateful that I’m Australian and I’ve been given this honour by the governor-general, it’s just absolutely fantastic,” Fraser said speaking about her gong on Sunrise on the Seven Network.
The program tweeted out the clip but it was retweeted by Kyrgios with the message “Racist tho”.
Racist tho https://t.co/0DJRoNB5PH
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 11, 2018
The row dates back to 2015 when Kyrgios was castigated by Fraser in an interview on the Nine Network’s Today following his ignominious round-of-16 exit from Wimbledon.
Fraser also criticised Kyrgios’ fellow Australian star Bernard Tomic, following his savaging of Tennis Australia and dumping from the Davis Cup team.
Kyrgios, 23, was born in Canberra of Greek/Malaysian descent while Tomic is German-born, with a Croatian father and Bosnian mother.
But Fraser said in that 2015 interview: “They should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this country, a great country of ours.
“If they don’t like it, go back to where their fathers or their parents came from. We don’t need them here in this country if they act like that.”
Fraser later apologised for her remarks, insisting she was not racist and the message was delivered “purely on a sporting level” and was not meant as an attack on Kyrgios’ ethnicity.