Rafael Nadal: Most of what I said on Nick Kyrgios was positive
World No. 2 claims some parts from his Acapulco round-of-16 post-match interview were taken out of context.
Nadal appeared to criticize eventual champion after their Acapulco clash.
"[Kyrgios] is a player who has enormous talent. He could win grand slams and fight the top positions of the ranking, but there is a reason why he is where he is. He lacks respect for the public, the rival and towards himself," Nadal reportedly said of Kyrgios post-match.
Speaking ahead of his BNP Paribas Open campaign in Indian Wells, Nadal claimed that the most things he said of Kyrgios were positive. "None of you were in Acapulco and most of you wrote about the match. I invite you to watch the press conference.
I meant what I said, it was in Spanish, some translation are taken out of context. Most of what I said on him was positive," Nadal said, as revealed by Vanni Gibertini. Nadal also reflected on the Kyrgios Instagram post.
"I heard Nick put some stuff on his social media.
I'm not that young, I don't check social media every day," Nadal said. The Australian pulled off an underhand serve during his Acapulco win over the Spaniard. However, the 17-time Grand Slam champion didn't feel disrespected by the underhand serve.
"I don't feel disrespected by him serving underhand. [Nick] is free to do whatever the rules allow him to do," Nadal claimed.