Aussie tennis player Nick Kyrgios decided to have some fun and play around to the empty stands while at the same time mocking long-time rival Novak Djokovic before exiting the Australian Open.
Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis’ doubles match ended up with the pair losing 6-3, 6-4, but the pair decided to wave and point to the empty stands in Margaret Court Arena.
This is where Kyrgios took the opportunity to imitate Djokovic’s “heart-throwing” post-match celebration, much to the delight of Kyrgios fans.
Djokovic often celebrates winning matches this way, and Kyrgios followed his lead by dramatically throwing his arms out to the absent crowd.
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) February 14, 2021
“Just feeling the love. Just trying to spread the good word of the celebration,” Kyrgios said of the imitation post-match. “Everyone loves that celebration. It’s well liked.”
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis said that they were trying to psych themselves up for the match as they weren’t playing to a crowd.
“We’re just having some fun,” Kyrgios said. “Novak, I’m sure, doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all, so it’s fun.”
“I feel like me and Thanasi carry a bit more weight than some of the other players, we’re in a bit more of a spotlight,” Kyrgios said. “So I found a bit of relief when I lost the other night.
“Not saying I wanted to, but I just wanted to have some fun today with Thanasi and we did that, too.”
This article originally appeared on Over60.