Pop star Drake and up-and-coming phenom Nick Kyrgios crossed cultures and continents this past week thanks to a minor misunderstanding. The 19-year-old Kyrgios rose to stardom status earlier this month at Wimbledon taking out World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the biggest shock of the tournament and maybe of the year. And Nick’s notoriety continues to climb now that he’s involved in a public feud with Drake.
What happened was after Kyrgios beat Jiri Vesely in the third round at Wimbledon, the Australian was asked what music he was listing to on his headphones as he took the court.
“Today was a bit of rap, actually. I came out really flat, so hopefully I won’t listen to that again,” Kyrgios said. “It was actually Drake. Didn’t do the job for me.”
Well, news of the “slight” got back to Drake (at least he’s paying attention to tennis) and the Toronto rapper wasn’t amused.
“I want to meet that guy and just look him in the eye and see exactly who he is as a man and size him up and then chop him right down,” Drake said during an ESPY conference call last week. “Yeah, Nick whatever his name is, because he didn’t win, so that’s how he’s going to be remembered. Nick whatever his name is.”
Nick whatever his name (who did win) has since responded with a tweet hoping to smooth things over.
Let's be clear. I like @Drake – love his music, just said I was a little flat, ended up winning that match. No blame game here.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 14, 2014
If they did fight, the 27-year-old Drake, who played some hockey as kid, is listed at 6 feet. At 6’4″ Kyrgios would have the distinct height advantage and being a pro athlete he might be the favorite to win.
Drake will be the host of the ESPY Awards tonight on ESPN. Whatever comes of it, Drake and Nick will be linked forever. For a youngster like Kyrgios that’s pretty cool, right?
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