Olympic Legend Launches A Shocking Racist Attack On Nick Kyrgios

Fans say Dawn Fraser's attack on Nick Kyrgios highlights Australia's sometimes hidden problem with racism.

Richard Gasquet, Nick Kyrgios

When asked to comment on Nick Kyrgios’ “tanking” allegations at 2015 Wimbledon, Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser issued a strong rebuke, stating he should “go back” to where his “parents came from.”

Fraser, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, made the controversial remarks during her appearance on Channel 9’s The Today Show. She said Kyrgios' actions during his loss to Frenchman Richard Gasquet were absolutely “shocking and disgusting.”

“It's absolutely disgusting. I am so shocked to think that he went out there to play and he tanked... that’s terrible,” the 77-year-old said.

She went on to say if Kyrgios does not like the way things are done in Australia, he better go back to where his forefathers came from instead of setting a poor example for the upcoming generation.

“They should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this country, a great country of ours,” Fraser continued. “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’s comments have, predictably, set off a Twitter backlash.

Kyrgios was born in Canberra and has Greek and Malaysian-born parents.

In a society where discrimination has always been present, the question here arises whether Frasers’ comments about Kyrgios are but a glimpse of the prevailing racism.

Kygios responded to Fraser’s comments by calling her a “blatant racist” on his Facebook page:

Throwing a racket, brat. Debating the rules, disrespectful. Frustrated when competing, spoilt. Showing emotion,...

Posted by Nick Kyrgios on  Monday, July 6, 2015