25/09/2017 10:20 AM AEST | Updated 25/09/2017 10:20 AM AEST

Nick Kyrgios Taking A Knee Was Apparently Just A Coincidence

He said it had nothing to do with NFL protests.

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Nick Kyrgios drops to one knee before his match against Roger Federer.

Hundreds of NFL players in the U.S. and London kneeled during the national anthem before games on Monday morning Australian time in protest against Donald Trump and acts of racism in America.

So when Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios took a knee on the court at the Laver Cup before his match against Roger Federer, the immediate conclusion was drawn that he did so in solidarity.

Not so, according to Kyrgios.

"F*** no. Serious?" Kyrgios said when asked about it after he lost to Federer, reported New York Times writer Christopher Clary.

Commentators on Twitter and in the sports media were quick to draw the link between Kyrgios's act, which he said was a personal tribute, and the show of defiance taken by NFL players over Trump's comments about the flag.

Trump has called players who have kneeled during the national anthem, a symbolic protest started by Colin Kaepernick, "sons of bitches" and implored fans to boycott NFL games.

He also urged the NFL to "fire or suspend" players who chose to protest during the anthem.


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