Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios came to the defense of Andy Murray after the former world No. 1 was called out by Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander.
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was dominated by Stan Wawrinka in their French Open first round clash as the Swiss won 6-1 6-3 6-2.
Murray was given a wildcard by the French Open organizers, and after a bad loss, Wilander appeared to suggest that the Briton will never again return to his best form.
"Just read what Wilander said about @andy_murray …. shut up Mats, no one cares. Muzz, just know that how ever long you stay, we all appreciate and enjoy your tennis and banter. Also I’ve never watched a point of Mats Wilander," Kyrgios said in a Twitter post.
Kyrgios blasted Wilander for his comments on Murray
"I worry about Andy Murray," Eurosport expert Wilander said, per the Eurosport website.
"I would love to hear him say why he is out there, giving us a false sense of hope that he is going to come back one day.
"I keep getting a little bit disappointed, is it his right to be out there doing that? Why? I did it and I shouldn’t have, it was the biggest mistake I made in my career.
" I think Andy Murray needs to stop thinking of himself and start thinking about who he was. Does he have a right to be out there taking wildcards from the young players?
"I was 26 when I first retired, came back at 28, played until 32 and there was a couple of years I played and should not have taken up the space where there were younger, more motivated players who were better than me.
"It’s tough to quit, for sure. By giving us all hope by playing, it’s just not right.
"I love the fact that he is back and trying. Hopefully he’ll figure out why he’s doing it."
After the loss, Murray admitted he would deeply analyze the match.
"I need to have a long hard think about it. It's not the sort of match I would just brush aside and not think about it. I think that's one of the worst defeats by scoreline in my career. I need to understand why the performance was like that," Murray said after losing to Wawrinka.