Tennis Star Nick Kyrgios Calls Swimming Legend Dawn Fraser ‘Blatant Racist’ for Remarks Pointing to Immigrant Heritage

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One of the top sports stories in Australia revolves around tennis star Nick Kyrgios who might be slapped with a $27,000 fine for “tanking” or purposefully giving up points during a match at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios, who’s father is Greek born has been criticized by media in a country where tennis is taken very seriously. But in addition to this being a sports story, it’s now turned into one of alleged discrimination and what the tennis player referred to as “racism” and “unaustralian behavior by a swimming legend.” in a media slugging match between the two.

Enter former champion swimmer Dawn Fraser, herself a major sports figure in Australia after winning the 100 metres freestyle at three successive Olympics.

In an interview with Australia’s Today Show, she lashed out at Kyrgios’ behavior on the tennis court and suggested “if they don’t like it, they should go back to where their fathers cam from,” a reference to Kyrgios’ Greek immigrant father.

Nick Kyrgios fired back at Fraser on Tuesday, accusing her of being a “blatant racist” about him and Davis Cup teammate Bernard Tomic in a nationally televised interview.

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