A Reignited Race Feud

By Tennis


Nick Kyrgios vs Dawn Fraser

Nick Kyrgios has reopened a feud with the legend Australian Olympic swimmer Dawn Fraser by labelling her ‘racist’ in a Tweet after she was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours. The feud dates back to the Olympian’s criticism of tennis player Kyrgios in 2015.

His take to Twitter was triggered by her remark on Sunrise on the Seven Network. Fraser said;

“I’m so very grateful that I’m Australian and I’ve been given this honour by the governor general, it’s just absolutely fantastic.”

Kyrgios took to Twitter to share the Sunrise post; along with the comment ‘racist tho’


Dawn Fraser had previously said Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic could ‘go back to where their fathers or their parents came from’, following his [Kyrgios’] ignominious round-of-16 exit – so this remark did not sit well with Kyrgios.

Kyrgios was born in Canberra, and his father hails from Greece, and his mother from Malaysia.

It was an interview in 2015, that Fraser said;

“They should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this country, a great country of ours. If they don’t like it, go back to where their fathers or their parents came from. We don’t need them here in this country if they act like that.”

Fraser later apologised and defended her remarks, claiming they were more about the poor example being set. She apologised for “any comments … which many have caused offence”, insisting she was not racist and that the message was delivered “purely on a sporting level” and not as an attack on Kyrgios’ ethnicity. However, the racist instigations have re-emerged here in 2018.

What will Dawn Frasier have to say now?

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