Davis Cup star booed by Manchester crowd after comment fans didn’t like

Thanasi Kokkinakis played up to being a pantomime villain following his Davis Cup win over Dominic Stricker in Manchester by riling up some of the football fans in the arena. Australia were up against Switzerland on Saturday as they looked to make it two consecutive group wins.

Kokkinakis was first up for Australia in the singles against Stricker, but the Swiss was no match for the 27-year-old. He saved five break points to eventually put Australia 1-0 ahead in the tie and Kokkinakis was interviewed on court after his win.

With the match taking place in the Manchester Arena, the interviewer wanted to get Kokkinakis to pick between the two main football teams in the city. He was asked: “Well we are here in Manchester so I have to ask you the question, Manchester City or Manchester United?”

Kokkinakis smiled and took his time before responding: “Chelsea.” The Aussie star laughed to himself but there was a patter of boos from the crowd for picking a non-Manchester team.

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Supporting London-based teams appear to be a trend for Aussie players as Nick Kyrgios is a Tottenham fan. Speaking about why he chose Tottenham as his team, Kyrgios admitted it came from playing popular video game FIFA.

“It’s a funny story, you’ll like this,” Kyrgios said. “I play computer games a lot and I used to like Emmanuel Adebayor on FIFA.

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“At the time, he played for Spurs, so I supported them and have never changed.” Raducanu also gained the attention of Tottenham fans last year when she was pictured wearing a full Spurs kit while training.

But the British tennis star revealed that her choice of kit was due to her coaching team at the time.

“My whole team basically are big Spurs fans and I feel like they’re egging me on,” she said. “They’re desperately trying to get me behind them. I don’t necessarily follow football so much, but I feel like now because of them I’m feeling some sort of connection.”

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