Tennis Icon Margaret Court Brews More Controversy in Australia

It is not often that we get the same answer for two questions with completely different contexts. But, if we were to ask readers the following questions, we will get the same answers:

Who is the Queen of Tennis with the most single grand slam titles?

Who is the Queen of Controversy amongst retired players?

Tennis icon Margaret Court is the name that pops up here. Court, who hails from Australia, won 24 Grand Slams in her career, which is the most amongst both men and women. Court has had quite a controversial year or two after she first engulfed news with her ancient views on same sex marriage. Gay marriage was legalized within Australia back in 2017, but Court disagreed with the plebiscite, stating that the Bible forbids all such marriages, which is why we should stay safe.

The 77 year old was soon hounded by fans all over Australia, who are still demanding that the court in Melbourne Park, named after her, be changed.

Now, Margaret Court has questioned the equality of Tennis Australia by calling out the administration for not showing her the same level of respect that they showed to Rod Laver while celebrating his 50th Grand Slam anniversary recently. Court, who won all 4 Grand Slam titles for the year 1970, believes that she should be honored in a similar manner as well.

I think Tennis Australia should sit and talk with me,” Court said while speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “They have never phoned me. Nobody has spoken to me directly about it. I think they would rather not confront it.”

They brought Rod in from America. If they think I’m just going to turn up, I don’t think that is right. I think I should be invited. I would hope they would pay my way to come like they paid for his, and honor me. If they are not going to do that, I don’t really want to come,” she further added.

When asked about how her words about gay marriages might have impacted her legacy, Court asserted that the both had no correlation. Court maintained that her believes on homosexuals should not be allowed to tarnish or damage her legacy.

I don’t feel any of that should be brought into my tennis career,” Court mentioned. “It was a different phase of my life from where I am now and if we are not big enough as a nation and a game to face those challenges there is something wrong.

Many newsreader and anchors have weighed in on this situation and have clarified their perspective.

Tom Steinfort, the newsreader on Channel 9 started the discussion on this topic during his early morning show. “If they (TA) want to lead here, no one has handled this issue better than Peter V’landys when he was asked about Israel Folau the other day,” Steinfort mentioned. “He said on that the game is inclusive, and Israel’s comments aren’t inclusive.”

Russian Tennis Pro Daniil Medvedev Asks Nick Kyrgios to Team up for Men’s Doubles

Just when you thought the world of tennis couldn’t get more controversial and funnier, Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev extended the offer of a double team up to controversial Australian counterpart, Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios has been in the news off late for all the wrong reasons as the Australian has had a hard time trying to conform to the norms that we see in place within the tennis court.

23-year-old Medvedev recently arrived to Shanghai for the ATP Masters and had a Q&A session on Instagram, where fans asked him multiple questions about his future plans. The session was held for followers so that they could learn a bit more about the life of the tennis prodigy and how he handles his other activities.

While the first few questions were about the personal life of Medvedev, including his family, fans soon started asking professional questions. One of the fans asked Medvedev “When will you play doubles with Kyrgios?”

Medvedev saw a good offer in the question and tagged Kyrgios in the post asking “Any doubles maybe?”

Medvedev has been in hot form off late and is currently the world’s fourth ranked player. His success has been hidden from none, and many supporters of the game have been positively influenced by his success.

While Medvedev previously had the reputation of a ‘bad boy’ he’s surely changing it for the better and wants to be known as a professional and not as a bad boy.

The team up of Kyrgios with Medvedev has already got tennis fans fantasizing about the prospects that could come. Both players have quite a reputation for verbal attacks on the court and it will quite an act seeing them battle it out on the same side of the court.

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Tennis Legend Rod Laver Wants ATP to Ban Nick Kyrgios

The on-court behavior of Nick Kyrgios has gotten a lot of feedback from current and former players alike. Just last month we reported how Andy Murray was all in favor of players like Nick Kyrgios. The Great Britain star had mentioned how Kyrgios was making the game of tennis more fun one step at a time and how the game needed more like him. 

But while Kyrgios and his antics might sit in favor with some of the current players, former players are surely having a hard time digesting his behavior. 

Just recently, tennis legend and star Rod Laver spoke about Nick Kyrgios and the two controversies that surround him. The investigations being run by ATP are focused on unsportsmanlike conduct by Kyrgios on multiple occasions. 

Previously, Kyrgios was fined $113,000 (£93,000) by the ATP for his unsportsmanlike behavior during the Cincinnati Masters. The fine was imposed after Kyrgios abused umpire Fergus Murphy during a match. 

Kyrgios didn’t respond well to the fine as he thought ATP in general was ‘pretty corrupt.’ 

Rod Laver, who is one of Australia’s biggest tennis stars, has opened up about Kyrgios and the controversies that surround him. 

Whatever they have done hasn’t worked so far, so maybe a suspension is the only answer,” Laver mentioned while speaking to the Australian publication The Age.

I’m not sure he’s learned anything from any of the things that have gone on.Nick is Nick, unfortunately. He could have been, or still could become, a world champion because of his serving ability, his game. But his brain gets in the way. He doesn’t want to adhere to the conditions or the umpire,” further added Laver. 

It is expected that ATP will take action against Kyrgios before the start of the Laver Cup on September 20th.

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Why Nick Kyrgios Is the Poster Boy Tennis Needs

It is August 3rd, and the crowd in Washington is host to an intense match between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas. What starts peacefully soon turns into another one of Nick Kyrgios’s meltdown, as he smashes his racket on the ground twice and grunts at the unfavorable attitude of the crowd. 

Kyrgios was serving at 2-1 when the crowd rattled him with taunts. Kyrgios, who is known to be on his heels in the court, lost all patience and furiously slammed his racket on the court while hurling abuse. 

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Earlier in the tournament, playing against Slovak Norbert Gombos, Krygios went to a female in the court and asked her, “Where do you want me to go with this serve?” 

The suggestion did work for Kyrgios as he went on to get an ace on that particular serve. Kyrgios thanked his supporter at the end of the match and went on to embrace her. He then went on to mention this in his after match press conference, “I’m just super happy that all the work I’m doing off the court is translating onto the court. Four days in a row, four matches competing at my highest level; I’m pretty happy with in honestly. The crowd’s been amazing. I love playing night matches here. The crowd’s hanging around for late night matches and getting into it, and I’m just trying to give them fun tennis to watch, and also trying to get some wins as well.”

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Kyrgios is certainly new and unique to the sport of tennis. We have seen many stars pass around, but it is good to have someone bring back that swagger that was absent from the courts for a long time. 

Britain’s Andy Murray recently mentioned why Nick Kyrgios is necessary and perfect for the sport. “When he’s mentally engaged in the matches, he’s brilliant for tennis because he has an exciting game, a big personality and he’s different,” mentioned Murray while speaking to the official ATP website.

His match with Rafa [Nadal] at Wimbledon was one of the best matches of the tournament. That’s really good for tennis. As someone who knows him well, I like him. I just want to see him do that all of the time,” added Murray. 

Murray however was quick to mention that there was a fine line between being competitive and being offensive towards others, and that all players should be looking to follow it. 

Everyone matures at different ages. Some people are ready when they are 18, 19 to deal with what comes with being a top athlete and some people aren’t ready and it takes them a bit of time. I’m hoping that with time Nick will learn and be better for it. When he’s engaged in tennis and wants to play he’s brilliant for the game. And when he isn’t giving his best effort and misbehaving, that’s not what people want to see. He needs to find that balance.”

Kyrgios has himself mentioned that he has come a long way during the past few months, and has more command on his anger than before. 

In a recent conference, Kyrgios said: “It’s amazing. Where I was six months ago, some of the things I was doing, to respond like this having incredible support, it’s amazing. I’ve proved to myself and a lot of people that have backed me that I still have it. It’s been one of the best weeks of my life from a tennis perspective.”

While there is still uncertainty over the path Kyrgios’s career takes in the future, what we do know is that he is destined to achieve a lot more for himself and for the sport. 

John McEnroe Backs Serena in Row with Dominic Thiem

John McEnroe, the ‘self-appointed commissioner of Tennis,’ has come to the defense of Serena Williams over the incident that happened in a post match press conference at the French Open. 

Dominic Thiem, the Austrian world number 4, was booted outside of the press room when Serena Williams walked into the press room for her interview. 

Thiem was extremely furious at being asked to step out of the press room for Serena, and said that the American star had a very bad personality. McEnroe was not happy with this situation and decided to share his thoughts on the matter. 

McEnroe, in a recent interview, has mentioned that he thinks the whole scenario has been blown out of proportion by those in the media. 

It also gives me an opportunity to show how easy it is to engineer fake news and manipulate people’s opinions. Fact: Dominic Thiem was kicked out of the main press room in the middle of his media duties to make way for Serena Williams. Fact: Thiem was less than pleased about it. With these two facts, the social media public court was quick to deliver a verdict: “How can she do that? Does she have no shame? Who does she think she is?” ‘It was not only the usual hateful trolls who voiced their discontent. In fact, the mainstream media started to weigh in on it. See, there is something on the internet and they immediately start to report on it and voice an opinion. Yes, an opinion! Whatever happened to the fundamental rule of journalism? Three independent sources should confirm the fact, and then – only then – can you report on it,” said McEnroe during a recent interview. 

He went on to say, “but here’s the problem: They didn’t have all their facts straight. Little known but true fact: Serena Williams had actually asked for a smaller room so that she could be done with it. But somehow the organizers insisted she hold the press conference in the main room where Thiem was at the time. ‘A smaller room was available because that’s where Thiem ended up. When Serena was made aware that they had to move the Austrian to make room for her she was heard saying: “Whoah, that’s rude!” Yes it was. See this is not a tiny detail. It changes the whole f***ing story. Serena’s not a diva who can’t wait two minutes. She’s the victim of a screw up by the organization, and so is Thiem. ‘I know a lot of journalists who should eat a good slice of humble pie after this one.”

The facts by McEnroe appear dodgy and not in congruence with what was the reality. Williams did not want to be sent into a second conference room, she wanted to be in the area where Dominic Thiem was holding his press conference. She even told a tournament official that ‘woah you’re very rude’ when he asked her to shift rooms. 

The only victim here is Dominic Thiem, and he needs justice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFYkgpC8UCE