UPDATE: Nick Kyrgios’ furious response after reports of ‘tone deaf’ Ash Barty comment

Nick Kyrgios is under fire for a “tone deaf” comment in which he seemingly claimed to have had more support from the Australian Open crowd than Ash Barty.

The two Australians left the tournament as champions after Barty won the nation’s first Open title in 44 years, while Kyrgios teamed up with Thanasi Kokkinakis to clinch the men’s doubles title.

Kyrgios’ relationship with the crowd was an ongoing topic of conversation throughout the tournament at Melbourne Park.

More than one opponent was put off by the raucous antics of the crowd during his singles and doubles campaigns.

Nick Kyrgios during an Australian Open press conference.
Nick Kyrgios during an Australian Open press conference. Credit: AAP

And while world No.1 Barty sent the crowd into raptures before receiving worldwide praise for her conduct in dominating her way to the title, Kyrgios suggested the biggest applause was left for him and Kokkinakis.

“I would say that we’ve created probably the best atmosphere this tournament’s ever seen, to be brutally honest with you,” Kyrgios said at the post-match press conference, which drew a chuckle from Kokkinakis.

“Ash’s father came to us and said the crowd was the best he’s ever seen.

“Obviously Ash is a hell of a player. But … people watch my matches.

“Everywhere I play around the world the stadiums are full for that reason.”

Sports personality Kelli Underwood was among those to criticise the comments, telling the ABC’s Offsiders program it was “extremely disrespectful” and “tone deaf”.

Ashleigh Barty holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the Australian Open.
Ashleigh Barty holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the Australian Open. Credit: Joel Carrett/AAP