Printed on 4 Oct 2022 6:06 pm (UK Time)
Australian tennis ‘bad boy’ Nick Kyrgios made headlines in July after he clashed with Stefanos Tsitsipas in a heated third-round match at Wimbledon. The match was filled with drama and noticed Tsitsipas obtain a $10,000 effective for hitting a ball straight into the Centre Courtroom crowd while Nick Kyrgios shouted audible obscenities in direction of his Greek rival. The Wimbledon encounter seems to have escalated the feud between the 2 tennis stars, as this week each gamers as soon as once more took to social media to throw digs at each other.
The Wimbledon runner-up has had his justifiable share of feuds prior to now which have resulted in hostile relationships with quite a few ATP Tour gamers together with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Karen Khachanov and fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic. Extra just lately, Nick has been concerned in a back-and-forth feud with World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Each gamers have met twice this yr at grass-court occasions; the Halle Open and the third spherical of Wimbledon. Their match in SW19 was action-packed from begin to end and the tense ambiance on Centre Courtroom could possibly be felt by TV screens. So, when did Kyrgios and Tsitsipas first lock horns and what has been stated thus far?
When did the Kyrgios-Tsitsipas feud begin?
Though Kyrgios and Tsitsipas have had their latest share of bitter exchanges, their relationship hasn’t at all times been hostile. In reality, in 2019 the pair teamed up within the doubles match on the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington D.C. Sadly, the duo’s run resulted in catastrophe they usually have been knocked out within the first spherical after dropping two units to at least one. Previous to the 2022 Citi Open this yr, Nick took a swipe at Tsitsipas on social media throughout a dialog with the official Citi Open account. He recalled his pairing with Tsitsipas again in 2019 and said, “I’ve had Stefanos as a partner there so it can’t get much worse than that”. Maybe it was a poisonous doubles partnership that began an ongoing two-year feud?
The level at which the Kyrgios-Tsitsipas beef grew to become evident to tennis followers was nearly a yr after their pairing on the Citi Open. In July of 2021, the pair as soon as once more took to social media to air their soiled laundry. Stefanos publicly expressed his assist for teaching inside tennis – one thing that was trialled throughout this yr’s US Open and has been principally frowned upon all through tennis’ historical past.
The Greek 9-time ATP singles titlist argued that the game must “embrace” teaching and that it’s wanted to take a “big step forward”. Kyrgios was fast to answer the publish, calling the concept “terrible”. He then took a dig at Stefanos, saying that he has “done fine without a coach against you, my guy”.
Issues get heated at Wimbledon
When Nick and Stefanos have been drawn for the third spherical of Wimbledon, each gamers expressed their pleasure, suggesting that issues have been lastly wanting am between them. Tsitsipas even stated he was “definitely thrilled to be facing him (Kyrgios)”. However this wasn’t the case as issues shortly turned bitter through the match.
A annoyed Stefanos hit a tennis ball straight into the Centre Courtroom crowd, barely lacking a spectator. This prompted Kyrgios to query the umpire as to why his opponent wasn’t disqualified for doing such an unsportsmanlike act. Tsitsipas went on to hit quite a few photographs straight at Nick when he approached the online in addition to an anger-filled shot in direction of the scoreboard. Each gamers have been closely fined for his or her outbursts.
Regardless of being fined, Nick and Stefanos continued their feud on social media properly after the match. Tsitsipas branded the Aussie as a “bully” and said that he “bullies his opponents”. Nick shortly responded, calling the world No. 6 “soft” and a “sore loser”. However, the publish Wimbledon slander didn’t cease there. Tsitsipas uploaded a group of photographs from his Wimbledon run to social media, with the caption “give a man a mask and he will become his true self”.
These precise phrases have been tattooed on Kyrgios’ calf only a few weeks earlier than The Championships started. Though the caption appeared cryptic to regular sport followers, these conscious of the continuing feud have been fast to decipher its that means.
The feud continues!
This week, each gamers reengaged of their ongoing feud. In a video with Tennis Channel, Tsitsipas challenged ‘Kygs’ to a grudge revenge match in Greece. The Greek star stated “I challenge you to come here and we play a rematch”. Nick accepted the supply, posting to his Instagram story with the caption “DONE” and “how much?”. In the intervening time, it’s unclear as as to if or not that is pleasant banter however given their tough previous, Stefanos could possibly be out for some revenge. Tsitsipas might want to convey his A-game because the 24-year-old solely holds one win over Kyrgios in comparison with the Aussie’s 4-1 document.
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