Kyrgios slams 'racist' Olympic great Fraser

Tue Jul 7, 2015 3:20am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios has accused Olympic great Dawn Fraser of being a "blatant racist" after she said tennis players should "go back to where their parents came from" if they did not set a better example to Australian youth.

The former champion swimmer, after initially standing by her comments and denying they were racist, later issued an "unreserved apology for any comments... which may have caused offence to my fellow Australians including Nick and his family".

Kyrgios was the subject of a barrage of criticism back home for his on-court antics when he was beaten by Richard Gasquet in the fourth round of the Wimbledon championships on Monday.

The 20-year-old was accused of giving up, or "tanking", in one game, received a warning and a fine for an audible obscenity and conducted a running debate with the umpire throughout the match.

Fraser, who has been one of Australia's best known sporting figures since she won the 100 meters freestyle at three successive Olympic Games from 1956, was invited to comment on his behavior on a popular morning TV show.

"It's absolutely disgusting. I am so shocked to think that he went out there to play and he tanked, he did all that tanking, that's terrible," the 77-year-old said.

"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."

Kyrgios responded by linking to a video of Fraser's comment on his Facebook page.   Continued...

Men's Singles - Australia's Nick Kyrgios celebrates during the third round
Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Couldridge