Not content with bagging ‘overpaid’ coaches, declaring he is ‘too far gone’ to change his ways and will probably never win a Grand Slam event, Australia’s tennis wild-child Nick Kyrgios is trying to lead a boycott of the US Open.
And he is hoping to enlist the three biggest names in the game to his cause.
Kyrgios, who last week stunned the sporting world with a podcast interview in which he said he’d rather ‘be on the beers’ than take tennis seriously, labelled plans to start the US Open in New York on August 24 ‘selfish’ and called for the event to be abandoned.
Despite a reputation for poor on-court behaviour, Kyrgios has also shown a strong social conscience. Early this year he earned kudos when he kick-started a campaign amongst top players to raise money for Australian bush-fire victims.
Now he has extended his scope to include COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Nick Kyrgios with Beatrice Bouchard, the model sister of tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard. Kyrgios said last week it would be ‘selfish’ for the US Open to go ahead in August amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests
Kyrgios tweeted at The Big Three of professional tennis, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, asking them ‘Do you think the US Open should go ahead?’
Late last week Kyrgios told his 375,000 Twitter followers, ‘The ATP is trying to make the US Open go ahead. Selfish with everything going on at the moment. Obviously Covid, but also with the riots, together we need to overcome these challenges before tennis returns in my opinion.’
Two hours earlier he had messaged The Big Three of professional tennis, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, asking them ‘Do you think the US Open should go ahead?’
While none replied publicly, Djokovic had already said he was unlikely to play the event because of restrictions over the number of support staff that players would be permitted to have with them. Nadal indicated he would monitor the coronavirus situation over the next few months before making a decision, and Federer ruled himself out due to injury.
But Kyrgios did receive support from fellow Aussie player John Millman, who tweeted, ‘I love the US Open but it seems a little crazy that we’re still contemplating playing a Grand Slam there, right?’
Kyrgios and Federer speak after the Rally for Relief Bushfire Appeal in January. Federer will not be playing at the US Open due to an injury, Djokovic said he is unlikely to attend and Nadal said he would monitor the coronavirus situation before making a decision
Kyrgios gives his reasoning as to why the US Open should be cancelled, saying that the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest in the US should take priority
Not everyone was in agreement. World number 28-ranked women’s player, 18 year-old Amanda Anisimova – who partnered Kyrgios in mixed-doubles at the Australian Open in January – replied to Millman, ‘I don’t see why not give it a try.
‘Of course there will be a ton of safety protocols in place, and many precautions made. Other sports are coming back, so why can’t tennis? Playing without fans is a huge bummer but at least we get to play at all.’
Another female player was less diplomatic in her response, attacking Djokovic for his decision not to play.
Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins said the world number one had a duty to the game – and the less financially secure players – to compete at Flushing Meadows.
Kyrgios wearing an ‘equality’ T-shirt in support of anti-racism movements across the world. ‘Equality. F**k racism,’ he captioned the post
Ranked 51 in the world, the American said Djokovic might be able to afford to boycott major events but less well-heeled players could not.
‘No one has been able to play sanctioned events or make money since February,’ she wrote. ‘Here we have an awesome opportunity with the US Open talking about proceeding forward with the event, with some strict safety precautions to make sure all players feel safe and their health is put first.
‘This is a massive opportunity for players to start making money again, and here we have the top player in the world saying only being able to bring one person with him will be too difficult.
‘It’s easy when someone’s made $US150 million ($AUD 205m) throughout their career to try and tell people what to do with their money, and then turn down playing in the US Open.
‘For those of us (most tennis players) who don’t travel with an entourage, we actually need to start working again. It would be nice to have the best player in the world supporting this opportunity and not spoiling it for the players and the fans.’
Kyrgios hits a backhand against Russian Andrey Rublev during the US Open in 2019. Last week, Kyrgios stunned the sporting world by he’d rather ‘be on the beers’ than take tennis seriously
Nick Kyrgios doubts he’ll ever win a Grand Slam – but he’s got no regrets
Nick Kyrgios believes tennis coaches are overpaid and that his career is ‘too far gone’ for him to ever appoint another one anyway.
Kyrgios has spurned approaches from a raft of big names keen on helping the sport’s most enigmatic talent fulfil his potential but says he’s he too selfish and set in his ways to employ a fulltime mentor.
‘Personally, I think (hiring a coach) is a little bit of a waste of money ’cause I think they get paid way too much,’ Kyrgios told his friend Elliot Loney during a candid 45-minute podcast.
‘And, for me, I don’t have a goal of winning grand slams. I just want to do it my way, have fun with it and just play.
‘So to get a coach for me is pointless because I don’t want to waste their time almost.
‘I just don’t think a coach is ready – and I’m not going to put them through it too ’cause it would just be a nightmare.
‘Where I’m at my career now, it’s just too far gone, I think for a coach, ’cause I’m too set in my ways and I just don’t like to listen to advice, to be honest.’
A notoriously poor trainer, Kyrgios has reached two grand slam quarter-finals, a career-high world No.13 and holds the rare distinction of having conquered each of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic when they first met.
But he doubts he’ll ever win a slam.
‘I don’t believe my body will hold up for seven matches at a grand slam, potentially playing three to four hours (each match),’ he said.
Not that he harbours any regrets, the 25-year-old insisting wins and losses won’t define his career.
‘If I could, I’d just be on the beers every time I play – afterwards. I just want to chill out. I just think the sport’s taken a bit too seriously,’ Kyrgios said.
The Canberran is content to have defied the doubters, having been told as a teenager that he was too fat to ever forge a successful pro career.
‘There were a lot of people who had their two cents about what I had to do to make it, so to speak, and yeah those comments were hurtful at times,’ Kyrgios said.
‘I was only a kid. I just wanted to play, go compete, and you’ve got coaches and teachers saying to a 14, 15-year-old kid ‘you need to lose weight, otherwise you’re not going to be good’.
‘It was pretty tough to handle back then … I just wanted to prove a lot of people wrong.
‘I wanted to go out there, like a fat kid from Canberra who was decent at ball striking (to show I) could literally take it to some of the best in the world.’
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Megan Gale breaks her silence on her brother Jason’s death
Megan Gale has broken her silence on her brother Jason Gale’s death in July.
With tough border restriction rules amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Melbourne-based model, 45, revealed in an Instagram video on Monday that she knew she ‘would regret not going’ to his funeral held in Perth.
Mr Gale, 49, was last seen at a petrol station on July 14 in Western Australia, and was found dead a week later in bushland next to his 1999 Honda CR-V SUV.
Megan Gale, 45, broke her silence on her brother Jason Gale’s funeral in an Instagram video on Monday (pictured), amid the pandemic’s tough border restriction rules
Ms Gale joined mourners on August 18 to farewell her brother at his funeral, four weeks after he was found dead in bushland.
She flew from Melbourne to Perth, where she completed two weeks of hotel quarantine, and travelled to Fremantle Cemetery for his cremation service.
In her Instagram video on Monday, Ms Gale said she ‘weighed up’ whether to stay in Melbourne and seek the comfort of her immediate family, or fly to Perth and play her part in sending her brother off.
Ms Gale and her AFL star fiancé Shaun Hampson, 32, share six-year-old son River and two-year-old daughter Rosie.
The supermodel said she ‘weighed up’ whether to stay in Melbourne and seek the comfort of her immediate family, or fly to Perth and play her part in sending her brother off
‘I had to weigh that up. Part of me wanted to stay in Melbourne and be with my kids and my man at that time when I needed comfort more than any other time in my life.
‘But I also wanted to be in Perth to support my mum, my brother and the rest of my family, and play a part in sending my brother off and putting him to rest,’ she said.
Ms Gale also revealed her concerns about drawing ‘more media attention’ to her brother’s tragic death, by her attending.
Ms Gale and her AFL star fiancé Shaun Hampson (pictured), 32, share six-year-old son River and two-year-old daughter Rosie.
Ms Gale also also revealed her concerns about drawing ‘more media attention’ to her brother’s tragic death, by her attending. Despite her initial concerns, she knew she would regret not attending
‘I also knew by going to Perth that I would be responsible for risking there being more media attention and more focus on it, which I didn’t want to do.
‘I felt bad enough as it was. I’d been the cause of that,’ she continued.
Despite her initial concerns, she knew she would regret not attending the funeral.
‘I couldn’t bear the thought I knew I’d regret not going. I knew I’d regret not being there for my mum and my brother, so I went, “Okay, I’m just going to have to suck [it] up whatever that is for me, to be there”.’
Ms Gale joined mourners on August 18 to farewell her brother at his funeral, four weeks after he was found dead in bushland. She is pictured at the Charlotte Dawson memorial in 2014
Mr Gale was last seen on July 14 buying petrol and water at the Popanyinning General Store, 160km south-east from his Perth home.
Following a desperate week-long search by family, friends and police, he was found dead next to his car.
The death was not considered suspicious.
Ms Gale flew from Melbourne to Perth and travelled to Fremantle Cemetery for Jason Gale’s (pictured) cremation service
Mr Gale was last seen on July 14 buying petrol and water at the Popanyinning General Store, some 160km south-east from his Perth home before he was found dead a week later in bushland
Pictured is a still of Mr Gale’s 1999 silver-coloured Honda CR-V station sedan when he was last seen on July 14
Mr Gale, an industrial mechanic, was known for ‘going bush’ but friend Belinda Murray said he had never disappeared before.
Ms Murray said Jason ‘really struggled’ after a watching a man die in a tragic 2018 incident at a wastewater plant south of Perth.
Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Gale was one of a group of colleagues who were there with the victim when he was struck and killed by a pipe.
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Family, friends and police had been desperately searching for the ‘very private’ sibling of one of Australia’s most famous women
Mr Gale was last seen at about 9.40am on Tuesday July 14 buying water and petrol during a stop in Pingelly, some 160km south-east from his Perth home
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Writer reveals how she holidays for FREE at Australia’s hidden gems despite coronavirus restrictions
A woman who cat-sat her way around the world says the ticket to a free holiday during coronavirus restrictions is to house-sit within your state.
Madolline Gourley, 29, from Brisbane, has holidayed in 12 different states around the US for free over the last eight years by offering cat-sitting services.
The writer gets free accommodation, food and transport in exchange for looking after a house and pet while the owner is away.
Madolline Gourley, 29, from Brisbane, pictured with Jaspurr who she minded for a couple in West End, Brisbane, last Christmas. Ms Gourley sat for them again just a few weeks ago
With coronavirus restrictions opening up, Madolline scored a free house sit in Darwin for Christmas. One thing she will definitely do is the Adelaide River jumping crocodile cruises
Travelling your own state is no drama even if state borders close again – but Ms Gourley is going from Brisbane to Darwin so she can see the beautiful waterfalls such as this one in Kakadu (pictured) which will be raging giant torrents in the wet season
Madolline pictured in November 2019 when she cat-sat in Launceston, Tasmania, for 10 days with two cats. She took a day trip to Cradle Mountain National Park (pictured) and loved it
With coronavirus restrictions ending overseas travel and restricting inter-state travel, you may think that there are no homes to house-sit in Australia and opportunities have dried up.
Not so, says Ms Gourley, who just landed a house-sit in Darwin over Christmas.
Tropical Darwin is in its wet season in December, a time of cracking thunderstorms, possible cyclones and steamy hot weather.
Madolline won’t be swimming at Christmas. Every Northern Territory river is infested with saltwater crocodiles, such as this monster snapped in the act of catching a barramundi at Cahill’s Crossing in Kakadu National Park. Great for nature shots though
It’s the low season for tourists, which makes it a paradise for off-season adventure travel – if you can stand the heat.
The jumping crocodile cruises are on and normally-sedate waterfalls in Kakadu swell to a violent size, hurling boulders and tree trunks over the escarpment.
‘The house-sitting market right now is definitely quieter than usual, but I have seen plenty of ads placed on Aussie House Sitters in the last few weeks,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘This is where I landed the Darwin sit for Christmas.’
Ms Gourley had to check that the NT had lifted its coronavirus requirement for 14 days of self-funded hotel quarantine before she responded to the ad.
She is now keeping her eye on the border updates in case there are any changes.
‘Let’s hope COVID transmission rates stays low in Brisbane and the NT doesn’t re-enact the “No people from Brisbane allowed” rule,’ she said.
The way to guarantee no dramas, however, is to holiday within your own state.
The gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions means people are now exploring the hidden gems in their own state that they may never before have considered visiting – and are putting up ads for house-sitters.
Ms Gourley said she had definitely seen an increase in house sitting listings in the past few weeks.
‘A few months ago, there were maybe 20 ads across all of Australia,’ she said.
Madolline pictured cat-sitting Jasper in Charleston, South Carolina, USA in February this year – more free accommodation just before the coronavirus pandemic took off
An Aboriginal artist at work in Kakadu National Park, painting a salt-water crocodile. Madolline has scored free accommodation in Darwin’s wet season when no tourists are around
‘Now there’s probably 20-plus ads per state and territory, with more being added each day.
‘As restrictions ease, and we approach the end of the year when most people take leave from work, I think there’ll be even more house and pet sitting ads.’
The coronavirus ended Ms Gourley’s international cat-sitting for the moment but now she is ticking Australian destinations off her bucket list.
‘Perth, Darwin and Adelaide are on my list, and I’m ticking Darwin off in December. I’d like to return to Tasmania as well – but Tasmania is still off limits to non-residents.
‘I’m also cat sitting for a local (Brisbane) couple again, in October … they were planning an overseas trip but coronavirus put an end to that. So they’ve chosen to go away on weekends instead, visiting places like Warwick and down near Girraween National Park.’
Ms Gourley had one very important word of advice for would-be pet-sitters: you have to like pets.
‘My advice for anyone considering this is to think twice about whether or not you really do like animals,’ she said.
TOP TEN TIPS FOR LANDING A FREE HOUSE-SITTING GIG
1. You need to like animals. Upload photos of yourself with pets when you create a profile
2. Be flexible. You want a holiday, but you can’t be set on the dates you want to take this holiday if you’re house and pet sitting. Work with the dates available.
3. Be contactable. Keep your phone on you at all times and check your emails. Some people give the sit to the first person to reply to their ad.
4. Talk up any skills you can bring. If you like gardening and they’ve got a big garden, this skill might get you over the line.
5. Highlight attributes like being organised, reliable, responsible, calm under pressure as sometimes things can go wrong when you’re on a house sit
6. Tell the owner why you want to sit for them and personalise the application just like you would when applying for a job.
7. If you’re travelling from outside the owner’s city/town, let them know where you’re based and you’ll be travelling from there (at your own expense).
8. If you’re worried about coronavirus, maybe now isn’t the right time for you to house-sit
9. Ask questions. Some listings are very comprehensive. Others aren’t. If there’s something you’re not sure about, flag it in your application.
10. Let the person know who’s coming on the sit: is it just you, is it you and your partner, is it your entire family? Many listings say no children
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Gold Coast lawyer reveals what happened during Eddie McGuire’s night out with his teenage son
A high profile lawyer pictured partying with Collingwood club boss and media personality Eddie McGuire at a Gold Coast nightclub has leapt to his defence.
McGuire, 55, has come under heavy fire after he was spotted enjoying a night out with son Joe, 19, at popular nightspot Pink Flamingo on Saturday night while his AFL team and their families remain under strict quarantine.
McGuire himself has been a harsh critic of the ‘idiot’ players who recently breached the code’s strict quarantine protocols and called for anyone who broke the rules to be slapped with $100,000 fines.
Gold Coast criminal defence lawyer Ashkan Tai was pictured partying with McGuire on Saturday night alongside nightclub identity Joey Lamattina and was photographed giving a big thumbs up for the camera.
Eddie McGuire (centre) was slammed after he was pictured partying at the Pink Flamingo on Saturday night with nightclub identity Joey Lamattina (left) and lawyer Ashkan Tai (right)
Mr Tai has jumped to McGuire’s defence and called on critics to stop ‘whingeing about sports players in quarantine’ and focus on more important matters.
‘I think it’s (the photograph) been blown out of proportion, hundreds of people were out that night, following government rules and of course those implemented by the venue,’ Mr Tai told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
‘Every Aussie bloke, whether they are famous or not should be able to take their son out for a drink and not have to get their photo plastered in the media the next morning then be forced to offer an explanation.
‘The rich and famous don’t have to explain how they’re complying simply because someone who has got an issue with them makes a big deal.’
The new revelations come after McGuire, who is not staying at the AFL hub, defended his actions on Monday.
While his AFL team is forced in strict quarantine, the 55-year-old and his son, 19, were spotted enjoying a night out at the Pink Flamingo, on the Gold Coast, on Saturday night (pictured, Eddie McGuire with son Joe at the 2019 Footy Show Grand Final at Rod Laver Arena)
He decided to take his son and crew from his show Millionaire Hot Seat out for dinner and night out at the burlesque and cabaret venue in Surfers Paradise, having just completed his mandatory two weeks of quarantine in Queensland after leaving virus-riddled Victoria.
‘As you are well aware, I do a few different things in my life, including being on the board of Visit Victoria, and … speak extensively to people in the restaurant and hospitality industry about how we get Victoria going again,’ McGuire explained on on Triple M on Monday morning.
‘(That’s) part of what I was looking at the other night and how that all works.
‘What I did was I booked a dinner on Saturday night – the last night that I’ve got, because the next four weeks I’m flat out doing Hot Seat and hosting and all sorts of different things. I went through the procedure on how you go about doing things if you are outside the hub. ‘
Ashkan Tai (pictured right) called on critics to stop ‘whingeing about sports players in quarantine’ in the wake of backlash facing Eddie McGuire
He added his son Joe hadn’t been out much in 2020 due to lockdown.
‘(The people I was with) said, look, well, the best place we can show you is this place called the Pink Flamingo,’ McGuire said.
‘The people over at the restaurant said ‘come over and have a drink.
‘My boy is 19, he hasn’t been out for the best part of six months so I took him across and bought him a beer.’
Fellow footy heavyweight and former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett called McGuire’s behaviour a ‘hell of a contradiction’, despite the fact the Channel Nine personality in no way breached the government or the AFL’s rules
Fellow footy heavyweight and former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett called McGuire’s behaviour a ‘hell of a contradiction’, despite the fact the Channel Nine personality in no way breached the government or the AFL’s rules.
‘You can’t have one rule for one group of people and another rule for others,’ Kennett told the Herald Sun.
‘It looks silly. He probably hasn’t broken any Queensland laws, but he has put himself again at the centre of attention where this issue of conflict of interest continues to raise its head.
‘While he is out there jiving at the Pink Flamingo, his players and coaches are in a hub breathing stale air.’
Eddie (second right) was enjoying a night out with son Joe (left). They’re pictured with Eddie’s wife Carla and other son Alexander at the 2016 Melbourne Cup
McGuire has since hit back at Kennett’s comments.
‘Is that the bloke who said that people act like ‘bogongs’?,’ he said.
‘That’s how in touch Jeff is on things at times, as opposed to ‘bogans’.’
On top of his duties as president of Collingwood, McGuire is also a Fox Footy host and the longtime face of Channel Nine game show Millionaire Hot Seat.
AFL players, including from McGuire’s team the Collingwood Magpies and their families are holed up at the league’s hotel hub under increasingly strict conditions.
McGuire has openly condemned AFL players who have been caught breaching restrictions.
Eddie McGuire has defended his decision to enjoy a night out at the Pink Flamingo
Richmond Tigers players Sydney Stack and Callum-Coleman are currently serving a 10-game suspension after they were involved in a fight outside a Gold Coast strip club.
‘The idiot soup kicked in on them and they decided it was a good idea to break every rule they’ve been told for the last three months and as a result they got a full whack,’ McGuire said at the time.
Sydney Swans youngster Elijah Taylor was also sent home from the AFL’s hub after sneaking his girlfriend into the facility.
He has since been charged with domestic violence after an alleged altercation in the days after he departed from the league’s compound.
Meanwhile AFL players, including from McGuire’s team, and their families were holed up at the league’s hotel hub under increasingly strict conditions (pictured, AFL stars and WAGs relaxing by the pool at the Mercure Resort on the Gold Coast)
The AFL reportedly paid up to $3million a week to house 458 players and families in high-class locations including the 4.5 star Mercure Gold Coast Resort in Carrara.
AFL players and their families have access to games and training rooms, but can not play golf or other activities.
They must maintain a 1.5 metre distance and no more than three people can be in a room at any one time.
Players are allowed to visit each other in their rooms, but only for a maximum of two hours at a time.
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