Reilly Opelka had a fair share of misses and hits this year starting with an early exit at the Australian Open followed by a title triumph at the Dallas Open followed by advancing to the finals at the Delray Beach Open. He even went on to win his second title of the year at Houston, where he defeated his compatriot John Isner in straight sets. He could not go past the semi-finals at the Geneva Open where he lost to the eventual winner Casper Ruud. He had hoped to make a comeback on grass, with the surface favoring his big game. Opelka, however, fell short of expectations on grass and did not make any deep runs.
The American was hopeful of making a great start at the hard-court season but lost to the eventual winner Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in the Round of 16 at the Citi Open. The American is one of the most candid tennis players out there who has never shied away from expressing his opinions around the world of tennis. The American player has also been very active on his social media profiles to interact with fans better and hold discussions about the sport.
Reilly Opelka shows his frustration at the ATP officials
Opelka, on his social media account on Twitter, criticized the ATP authorities and bashed the association for a corrupt system that systematically suppresses talent compensation in order to maximize profits. He expressed his anger and didn’t mince his words when he attacked ATP for not offering the deserved amount of money to the players. The ATP has imposed harsh penalties on players who decide to skip the Masters1000 events when they are not troubled by any injury.
He expressed his opinion on the unjust behavior shown by the ATP officials and shared the tweet “So let me get this straight, Madrid and Cincy sell for $400M/$300M.. in the same year ATP board decide to give Masters 1000’s a ton more days while rescinding player commitment protections, leading to way harsher penalties for any missed 1000 events.“
He further continued his attack on the ATP by adding that organizers manipulate their numbers for the whole deal when they present it to potential buyers and have used different numbers when discussing prize money for the tournament. He revealed that his intention wasn’t only to complain about the money but rather to draw attention to systematic issues in the sport. He added “It seems like our player board reps did a great job negotiating on our behalf…they did get the players 2% prize money increases and agreed to the biggest known sucker play in revenue sharing by agreeing to a x% of “NET” profits as opposed to gross. ”