“They have won as many top titles as you” Fans bash Nick Kyrgios for opposing the building of a statue for the Australian women’s football team for their feat at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup

Kyrgios faces backlash for opposing the Matildas statue plan.


“They have won as many top titles as you” Fans bash Nick Kyrgios for opposing the building of a statue for the Australian women’s football team for their feat at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup

Nick Kyrgios and Australian women's team (Credits: Yahoo Sports and BBC)

Fans have reacted angrily after Nick Kyrgios expressed his opposition to the notion of creating a statue honoring Australia’s women’s football team following their stunning achievement at the FIFA World Cup. While recognizing the team’s accomplishment, Kyrgios questioned the intention to erect a statue to remember their fourth-place finish.

Australia’s Matildas won hearts with a brilliant home campaign, becoming the country’s first football team, regardless of gender, to reach the FIFA World Cup semi-finals. Their path includes a stunning penalty shootout victory against France in the quarterfinals and a sensational 4-0 victory over Canada. However, their hopes were dashed by a 1-3 semifinal loss to England, followed by a 0-2 loss to Sweden in the bronze medal match.

Brisbane planned to recognize the Matildas’ achievements with a statue, which did not sit well with everyone, including Kyrgios. While the Australian tennis star praised the team’s efforts, he expressed his displeasure on Twitter (now known as X), calling the “statue for fourth is n*ts.”

As expected, Kyrgios’ attitude has elicited a wide range of reactions from fans, showing the diversity of views on the intended homage. The discussion highlights the complexities of recognizing sporting accomplishments and the varied viewpoints on how to celebrate athletes’ achievements.

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Fans lash out at Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios (Credit: Tennis 365)

Fans have been vocal in their opposition to Nick Kyrgios’ stance on the proposed Matildas statue. Kyrgios’ claim that a statue honoring a fourth-place finish is unnecessary has elicited a wide range of reactions from fans, demonstrating the passion and emotional commitment that sports fans have to recognizing their favorite teams and sportsmen.

Sharing a wide spectrum of reaction online, here’s what fans have to say:

The heated disputes on the subject emphasize the subjective nature of recognizing sports exploits and how fans’ viewpoints on honoring their sporting idols might differ.

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