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"Absolute idiot": Grand slam birthday stitch-up puts Nick Kyrgios on the back foot

"Absolute idiot": Grand slam birthday stitch-up puts Nick Kyrgios on the back foot

It may not have been the 25th birthday Nick Kyrgios had in mind, but it went from bad to worse on Monday night when a fellow tennis star posted a particular photo.

As countless people wished the talented Aussie a happy birthday, Greek tennis champ Stefanos Tsitsipas decided to go down a different path with his Instagram upload.

Tsitsipas’ post was an image of himself holding up a cardboard sign which he captioned: “Lift others up”.

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‎Lift others up 🙌🏼 . . . . . . . . 💭: @dudewithsign | #dudewithsign

A post shared by Stefanos Tsitsipas (@stefanostsitsipas98) on Apr 27, 2020 at 2:07am PDT

The only problem was, the sign contained a mobile number, which fans quickly realised belonged to the one and only Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios commented on the post: “You are an absolute idiot, everyone stop calling me!!!!!”

The number was quickly disconnected after what most likely was a never ending hoard of phone calls and text messages.

Of course, not all of the birthday wishes directed towards him caused a headache, as many took to social media to say happy birthday in a much more conventional way.