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Kyrgios reignites 'racist' feud with Dawn Fraser

AFP  |  Sydney 

Temperamental Australian player Kyrgios reignited a feud with legend Dawn Tuesday, calling her "racist" after she was honoured by the

Fraser, winner of eight Olympic medals including four golds from 1956-64, was made a Companion of the Order of in Elizabeth II's birthday honours list in recognition of her services to sport.

The 80-year-old told Australia's Channel Seven: "I'm so very grateful that I'm Australian and I've been given this honour... it's just absolutely fantastic." The broadcaster posted the clip on Twitter, and it was retweeted by Kyrgios with the message: "Racist tho".

It follows a row between the pair in 2015 after Kyrgios was accused of giving up, or "tanking", during a match at Wimbledon, and responded to about the incident with a string of sarcastic replies.

At the time blasted his behaviour in a national television interview as "absolutely disgusting" and told him to "go back to where his parents came from".

Australian-born Kyrgios, whose father hails from and his mother from Malaysia, responded by calling a "blatant racist".

Fraser later defended her controversial remarks, claiming her message was more about the poor example being set by Kyrgios for children.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 10:10 IST