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Drama Reaches Its Peak During Kyrgios vs. Tsitsipas Match

By: Abigail Weintraub

The score is 40-40 at matchpoint. The crowd holds their breath as Nick Kyrgios sends the ball across the court with spectacular force, and it rebounds off of Stefanos Tsitsipas’s racket at high speeds. Unfortunately for Tsitsipas, he is caught all the way behind the baseline when Kyrigos gently lofts the ball in a drop shot. The crowd erupted in cheers long before Tsitsipas hurtled down the lawn, arm outstretched, unable to lift it over the net.

After a breathtaking victory, Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios is making his way to the Wimbledon finals. He beat Tsitsipas 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7), but their game didn’t go without a plethora of temperamental antics and drama.

Kyrgios’s skills could be described as anything but lacking. He is able to perform impressive shots such as half-volleys that fly down the court, hits from between the legs, and stunning drop-shots, like the one performed on Tsitsipas. However, his audacity and volatility are equivalent to his talent on the court. In the past, he has worn a black cap instead of all-white tennis attire, smashed rackets, and verbally taunted his opponents with little remorse.

During his match with Tsitsipas, things got competitive quickly. Kyrgios performed some of his toughest shots, which resulted in Tsitsipas not only trying to return them, but also trying to slam the ball directly at him. After losing the second set, Tsitsipas ended up sending a ball into the crowd out of frustration. Kyrgios responded by confronting the chair umpire and referee. "You can't hit a ball into the crowd and hit someone and not get defaulted," he argued.

The match was topped off with endless complaints from both players. They ended up with code violations, point penalties, and lofty fines. Both men criticized each other, even off the court: “I’ve got many friends, just to let you know. I’m actually one of the most liked. I’m set. He’s not liked,” Kyrgios said about Tsitsipas.

In a press conference meeting, Kyrgios did admit that his opponent was a skilled player, just without manners. "I did nothing towards Stefanos today that was disrespectful…He's soft to come in here and say I bullied him. We're not cut from the same cloth. If he's affected by that, then that's what's holding him back.” Although Kyrgios didn’t directly torment Tsitsipas, he did call the umpire a “disgrace” for not taking control of the situation.

Kyrgios made it to a round of 16 and will play American Brandon Nakashima on Monday. Considering his skill and strength, but also his explosiveness and temper, it is debatable whether he is truly deserving of this spot.


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