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Dawn Fraser denies racism after Kyrgios, Tomic comments

Dawn Fraser denies racism after suggesting Kyrgios, Tomic return to parents' homelands

Dawn Fraser denies racism after Kyrgios, Tomic comments

SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian Olympic swimming great Dawn Fraser has defended herself against charges of racism after saying tennis stars Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic should set a better example or go back to where their parents came from.

Fraser, who won eight Olympic medals including four golds, made her comments in an interview on Australian television Tuesday, when asked about recent controversial behavior by Kyrgios and Tomic.

The 77-year-old Fraser said "they should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this great country of ours. If they don't like it, go back to where their fathers or their parents came from."

Australian-born Kyrgios has a Greek-born father and Malaysian-born mother while Tomic was born in Germany to a Croatian father and Bosnian mother.


Updated : 2021-09-20 13:06 GMT+08:00