"Oh geez!": Karl Stefanovic's awkward gaffe with Nick Kygrios
Things quickly turned awkward for Karl Stefanovic as he couldn't contain his excitement over interviewing tennis star Nick Kyrgios.
Kyrgios joined The Today Show to discuss his withdrawal from the US Open as well as speak briefly about his personal life.
Stefanovic quickly asked how things were going, saying "How is Anna?".
Kyrgios was in shock as he and Anna Kalinskaya broke up last month and he has moved on with Chiara Passari.
“Seems like someone else is making you happy. How are things - can I ask how are things with Anna? Is it all cool?” Stefanovic asked.
To which Kyrgios replied: “Oh, geez! No, I've actually got a new girlfriend, mate.”
Stefanovic’s co-host Allison Langdon burst into laughter after a photo of Kyrgios and Passari flashed on the screen. “It was the right pictures, wrong name,” she said.
Kyrgios took it in his stride, joking “You've just thrown me under the bus on live television, you absolute potato.”
“Who is the new girl? Tell us all about it,” Stefanovic asked as Langdon watched on in surprise.
Kyrgios was quick to gush about his new partner, saying that her name is Chiara.
“You’d love her, mate. Don’t get too jealous. Incredibly happy obviously this time," he said.
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Kyrgios also shared that he has been using the time in lockdown to spend time with his family.
"It has been awesome just spending time with my family. I haven't seen them in a while. It is good seeing them. My sister is back home as well and I had a lot of things I had to change the last couple of months. It's all going on track and obviously lucky enough to have met her and she makes me incredibly happy. Moving forward, I'm happy with her.”
Kyrgios opened up about his decision to skip the US Open, explaining that it was an easy one.
“Obviously with everything going on over in the States at the moment, obviously with COVID but I mean even with the movement and you know the whole protest and all that type of stuff going on over there, I don't think at the moment it is the correct time to go ahead with sport in my opinion,” he said.
“But obviously with safety issues it wasn't too hard of a decision for me to stay home during this time and I'm continually training but also just staying home with my family and friends, making sure everyone is safe.
“I think the effort that Australia's gone to, to originally have gone to zero restrictions around Australia, obviously now it is starting to inflate again but hopefully we can get back on track and have no restrictions.”
This article originally appeared on Over60.