Kyrgios Stinks: But Tennis Needs Him

Nick Kyrgios

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Another tournament goes by and another petulant child throws his toys out of the pram.

Anyway, enough about me, back to the tennis and what a week it has been at Wimbledon.

Murray’s return to action after hip surgery, an American born in 2004 making the last sixteen and of course the inevitable Nick Kyrigos troublemaking.

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Now, one thing we all love about sport is the rivalry between competitors.

Think of any sport and it will be defined by an era of grudge matches between two individuals or teams.

Take Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in Formula One as a prime example or Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and you get the point (although you probably already had it).

Event he great game of tennis is often defined by the John McEnroe v Bjorn Borg rivalry.

However, in 2019, certainly the men’s singles game of tennis appears to be a little ‘dare I say it’ boring.

That is until you realise 24-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios is playing.

Foul-mouthed rants, outspoken opinion, under-arm serves and deliberately trying to launch a ball in a competitor’s mid-riff are all crimes Kyrgios is guilty off and yet to use the words crime is unfair as actually, he has done little wrong – according to the rule book.

The Aussie’s rap sheet is long, and he has one special penchant for a certain Rafael Nadal.

The 18-time Grand Slam winner was said to be furious when Kyrgios played a few underarm serves to him at the Mexican Open in February and Nadal accused the Aussie of a lack of respect and dug him out saying there is a reason why he is where he is (meaning in the world rankings – 72nd at the time).

Safe to say Kyrgios is a man who does not forget and certainly one to hold a grudge replying soon after on Instagram saying: “I can smell blood when I play this dude”.

That was why the pairs clash at Wimbledon got so much pre-match attention and it didn’t disappoint.

Once again Nick Kyrgios threw in some underarm serves to piss Nadal off and even aimed a whopping great shot at Nadal with the intention of hitting him.

The customary spat with the chair umpire was there as expected and, in the end, Rafa Nadal’s superior skill won through in four sets.

But do you know what? It shouldn’t be that way.

The reason I called tennis boring much further up was there is no one breaking through in the men’s game.

The old guard of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic are still dominating the game with a combined age of 102.

And not just by a little bit, the three are by a long way still the best out there. One glance at the ladies’ game puts the men to shame, a raft of continuous talent keeps coming through but over on the men’s draw we all know it will be one of Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic who wins Wimbledon and the US Open this year.

It’s getting a little dull and Nick Kyrgios’ antics are the only thing keeping the excitement alive even if he does go a little too far.

However, what is more frustrating is that is should be Kyrgios who is the man to break the mould.

No one can deny he has the talent – John McEnroe said is the most talented player he has seen for a decade – but he is letting himself down and the game of tennis with his petulant attitude.

It’s actually a little embarrassing at times, as here is a guy who should be set to start his own reign of dominance and yet here he is never having gone beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament.

Yeah, Kyrgios may help the ticket sales right now and plenty of people will respect his ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude but Nadal was absolutely right when he said there is a reason he is where he is.

Kyrgios’ attitude stinks and unless he ups his game, no one will remember him whereas his great rival Rafa Nadal is etched into history for all of time.

That’s gotta hurt!

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ian_waterhouse

I have been producing content for the sports industry for many years now and love nothing more than the competitive nature of any game. An avid football, F1, and golf fan, when I am not giving my opinions on sport, I will most likely be trying to chip out of a bunker.

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