‘I bet a million, you bet a million’: Tomic’s wild ‘anywhere, anytime’ challenge for Kyrgios

Bernard Tomic has called on Nick Kyrgios to put his money where his mouth is after the couple’s feud flared up again.

The controversial and outspoken couple has seemingly never been more friendly, but the stoush flared up again on Thursday, prompting Kyrgios to label Tomic”the most hated athlete in Australia

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But Tomic, stuck on the Challenger track as he tries to restore his 418th position in the world, has thrown the gauntlet to Kyrgios, summoning the pair to play a $2 million grudge match.

Kyrgios is currently ranked 76th in the world.

Speaking with the Gold Coast Bulletinchallenged Tomic Kyrgios to put $1 million each on the table for a head-to-head showdown.

“I’ll bet a million and you a million, let’s see who is the better player,” said Tomic.

“Show the public once and for all who’s better. I beat you easily before and I will do it again. Plus, we play on grass so you don’t have to make excuses.

“Always and everywhere.”

Tomic has a straight edge between the two as they have only played once in their career at the 2019 Kooyong Classic.

The last time they played. Photo: AAP Image/Daniel PockettSource: AAP

In that match, Tomic took a 6-3 6-4 win in a match that didn’t reach height until both men tied in straight sets from that year’s Australian Open.

While they’ve never been on good terms, the couple has rekindled their feud in recent days with a pair of spiked barbs.

Commenting on Instagram last weekend to a fan who claimed Tomic was better than Kyrgios, the Canberran replied: “Better in what way? I have a higher career high (ranking). More money, more wins and giving back when I can.

“It’s time for BT to just go quiet. He doesn’t even play anymore. I still have years to go.”

For the record, Kyrgios’ best ranking is 13th and has earned $9.7 million in prize money, while Tomic’s best is 17th and has earned $6.3 million on the track according to the ATP.

Tomic posted screenshots of those quotes to his Instagram story late Wednesday night, then uploaded videos mocking Kyrgios.

“The only logical explanation is that I’m his idol,” Tomic said. “He has always been in my shadow growing up.

“That’s why every time someone says my name to him, it gets under his skin.

“He knows he can’t rewrite history. The records I set when I was 16, 17, 18 and 19 – the youngest slam quarter-finalist at Wimbledon (since Boris Becker), the biggest tournament in the world.

“He knows he can’t change that, he can’t rewrite that and he’d love to silence me if he could, he knows he can’t.

“He knows my style dominates his and he knows he will lose.”

Come on Nick! Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP
Can Bernie do it again? Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Kyrgios then took to Instagram to share his own thoughts.

“HAHA TOMIC let’s not forget the time I paid for your flight home from Shanghai because you had no money,” Kyrgios wrote.

“Hahahaha rewrite history, you are the most HATED athlete in Australia.

“You’re right, no one can take that over.”

Kyrgios then posted a screenshot of Tomic’s recent results, adding: “Bernard, I didn’t realize it was that bad. I feel a little bad now.

“Save me if you need me to help you remember how to play. Geezus.”

A clear winner from Kyrgios.Source: Instagram
Results don’t lie.Source: Instagram

Tomic, 29, has been in the tennis wilderness for years before revealing in December that he was getting serious comeback to court

In 2022, he played on the second-tier Challenger Tour – rather than the top-level ATP Tour – and failed to make it to the second round of an event.

Tomic and Kyrgios have clashed before. Last year Kyrgios furious on social mediawriting: “I was compared to Bernard Tomic today and I have never felt so insulted.

‘Does he have a foundation? @nkfoundation – does he have the achievements?

‘Did he raise money for the bushfires? It’s disgusting man.

“Do your research, I don’t f*** with anyone who does OnlyFans either.

“Oh and by performance (I beat the big 4).”

In December Tomic said he was better than Kyrgios in his prime, elicits a new reaction from the 27-year-old

“I’m probably one of the few tennis players in Australia who stood up for him multiple times,” Kyrgios told the BBC. Sydney Morning Herald then. “I’ve done things for him, my family, my brother has done things for him.”

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