“From Court to Kitchen: Nick Kyrgios Challenges Gordon Ramsay in a Culinary and Tennis Duel”

Nick Kyrgios and Gordon Ramsay are among the most polarising figures in their respective fields.

Kyrgios’ on-court style — the brilliant between-the-legs shots, outbursts towards his team, umpires and racquets — have won him plenty of fans while also rubbing many others the wrong way.

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Ramsay lives in a similar sphere in the culinary world, with millions of admirers and countless others that can’t stomach his confrontational approach to budding chefs.

The Brit’s infamous “idiot sandwich” spiel is testament of that, hilarious to some, humiliating to others (see below if you don’t know it).

Kyrgios, 28, who has barely been seen on the court in the last year, has been making the shift into off-court pursuits while he recovers full health.

One of those is trying his hand at hosting a YouTube show called Good Trouble.

His good mate Ramsay is one of his guests and Kyrgios asked the celebrity chef how he deals with being in the spotlight.

Kyrgios, seen here interviewing Novak Djokovic, has been undertaking more off-court pursuits. (Photo by David GRAY / AFP)

Kyrgios, seen here interviewing Novak Djokovic, has been undertaking more off-court pursuits. (Photo by David GRAY / AFP)

Ramsay recalled a period when he realised he was considered “the biggest a**hole in the industry”.

“Yeah, god, it’s a tough one that one. I didn’t ask to be in the spotlight,” the 57-year-old said.

“That defining moment of perfection, winning three Michelin stars and getting to the very top, there’s this spotlight.

“And then all of a sudden, you become one of the best restaurants in the world. You start off this tiny little neighbourhood bistro, then you get one star. Then you get two stars.

“All of a sudden, you can’t get in. It’s fully booked for six months and every Tom, Dick and Harry’s desperate to get into your restaurant.

“All of a sudden you win three stars, man. Then the s**t hits the fan. Then you’re the biggest a**hole in the industry because you’re just cooking for stars.

Gordon Ramsay and Nick Kyrgios on the set of the Aussie’s show. Photo: Hana Kuma

Gordon Ramsay and Nick Kyrgios on the set of the Aussie’s show. Photo: Hana Kuma

“You take so much s**t from individuals that know so much less about food than you.

“And the power of the pen and the computer and hiding behind the desk. And they’re coming in and they’re telling the world how s**t your food is.

“Who in the f**k are they to tell you how good you are?”

Along with the restaurants, that blond mop of hair and his vast range of TV cooking shows, Ramsay is probably best known for his foul mouth.

Kyrgios too is known for his on-court antics which include furious exchanges with umpires and sometimes smashing racquets.

Ramsay said he “never set out to have a foul mouth” but felt he had to adopt it as he fought his way through the ranks in the cooking world.

“I think it’s industry language,” he said. ”It’s competitive, it’s full-on and it’s s**t.

“I got brought up in multiple council estates and I had to stand strong through adversity.

Gordon Ramsay is good mates with Kyrgios. Photo: Hana Kuma

Gordon Ramsay is good mates with Kyrgios. Photo: Hana Kuma

“Your skin becomes thick and you form a character that’s protective and then as you build your family and you build your business, you become protective of everything you’ve got.

“In many ways it looks slightly flippant, slightly arrogant, but it’s not. It’s just defence because you’ve taken so much s**t to get where you have.”

Ramsay also said the power of smart phones and technology these days means a dish can be photographed and “sent to the other side of the world within seconds … and I welcome that intrusion”.

“Are they always right? No, of course not,” he said. “Depending on the level of alcohol they’ve had to drink, that’s when they’re right.

“But don’t forget they’re paying the f**king check.”

Ramsay’s outbursts are legendary.

Ramsay’s outbursts are legendary.

Kyrgios is also known for his on-court fire. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Kyrgios is also known for his on-court fire. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

There was loads of mutual admiration and fluff across the 27 minute show.

But there was a revealing exchange between the two when Kyrgios talked about the moments leading up to his fourth round win over Daniil Medvedev at the 2022 US Open.

Ramsay had aspirations of being a footballer before injuries and cooking intervened and was talking about the team-sport aspect of the round ball code compared to tennis.

“Well, the thing about tennis is, everyone thinks it’s individual, right?” Kyrgios said.

“But then it’s like … all the athletes shower together. We eat together. So, we’re seeing these people like minutes before we walk out to the arena, which is the craziest thing in sport.

Ramsay is a regular visitor to Australia.

Ramsay is a regular visitor to Australia.

“Like usually (in sport you have) separate locker rooms. You don’t see this person all day. You’re trying to kill this person.

“So for instance, last year at the US Open, me and Medvedev were about to go out there and we’re just in the locker room together watching the previous match finishes and we’re just getting our stuff together and then we go play.”

“Wow, I didn’t know that,” Ramsay replied, before Kyrgios continued.

“And then we just come right back into the locker room getting undressed, shower and then we’re the only two people in the locker room and I just got to see this person all day.

“So it’s not a team environment, (but) it feels like you’re doing the same thing because it’s like I just played in front of millions of people against this guy for hundreds and thousands of dollars and now you gotta shower next to him.”

“I never knew that,” Ramsay replies. “I always thought, you see each other for the first time (on court and have a) separate dressing room.”

Kyrgios added that criticism he received from Piers Morgan was a driving force behind his path through to the 2022 Wimbledon final.

We’ll close here with another classic Ramsay line.

“Mate, opinions are like a**holes,” he said. “Everyone’s got one, right?”

Originally published as Nick Kyrgios, Gordon Ramsay go head-to-head on cooking and tennis

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