Mark Philippoussis just nailed what's going so wrong with Tomic and Kyrgios.

Mark Philippoussis, winner of two Davis Cup titles with Australia, has offered some advice to Australian tennis players who have recently publicised a feud from within the team.

“I think you have to go back to the old school,” Philippoussis said, “instead [of] getting on Twitter because you’re not going to figure out anything that way.”

Mark Philippoussis. Image via Getty.
Mark Philippoussis. Image via Getty.

The comment was likely directed at 23-year-old Nick Kyrgios, who published a number of Tweets and Instagram stories in the wake of his first round Australian Open loss last week.

The world number 52 criticised tennis expert Roger Rasheed and Gerard Healy after they identified a "key pillar" that could improve Kyrgios' game.


"You blokes all have zero idea. It’s comical people like yourself have an opinion of us. You blokes are anything but athletes, so how about you concentrate on your own shit. Zero credibility," Kyrgios tweeted.

Then there was the deleted tweet, aimed at the NT News.

"De Minaur might have lost but he saved 5 match points against Nadal in the final game. Tomic and Kyrgios would've given up after 1 match. Just saying," read the tweet.

Kyrgios responded: "I beat Nadal when I was 19... lol this keep getting better and better, I don't want to have to do it but, you make me."

Following his loss, Kyrgios also shared an Instagram story highlighting the fact that Hewitt did not watch him play, instead opting to sit court side at Alex de Minaur's match, currently Australia's number one men's player.

Kyrgios has since unfollowed the 37-year-old former number one from social media.

But Kyrgios is not the only young Australian tennis player going public with his grievances.

Last week, 26-year-old Bernard Tomic announced that "no one likes" Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt

"He's just doing the wrong thing. He's playing Davis Cup, I thought he was retired," the world number 88 said during a post match press conference.

"He's playing all these matches and stuff like this. You know what I mean?

"He doesn't put Nick [Kyrgios] first, he doesn't put [Thanasi] Kokkinakis first. He only thinks of himself."

Philippoussis' advice is simple.

"There's always issues because you have different personalities, so that's normal," Philippoussis said.

The difference, however, is that, "In the past, if we had problems or I had an issue with someone, I actually spoke to that person - and only that person."

Perhaps Tomic and Kyrgios have legitimate concerns. But airing them during a press conferences or on Twitter, hours after they've lost a match, is certainly not the way to go about it.

"You've got to communicate," Philippoussis said.

"And then one way or another, it was worked out. Simple as that...

"We came together well as a team. What made us great was the fact that we were different."

Philippoussis' tennis career was not perfect. His frequent injuries became a point of contention with team-mates, and caused a public rift with Pat Rafter and Hewitt.

But, now retired, it would seem Philippoussis learned a thing or two about how to conduct oneself on the world stage as a professional athlete.

Hopefully, Tomic and Kyrgios are willing to listen.