“How does this man keep getting worse” – Nick Kyrgios called GREEDY before being ripped apart by fans for supporting ATP’s deal with Saudi Arabia
Nick's recent absence from the Tour was also called out by several users.
Nick Kyrgios (Credits: ATP tour)
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios seems almost too willing to earn millions of dollars on the tour if the Saudi ATP investment partnership ends up being a reality. Kyrgios showed his support for the partnership on Twitter in what might not be the most subtle reaction tweet.
The prospect of ATP partnering with Saudi’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has been the talk of the tennis community since ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi’s comments on the same. In a recent interview, Gaudenzi revealed that he had ‘positive’ discussions with Saudi investors about a possible co-investment venture for future ATP events. This could mean increased expenditure in various departments of the sport which in turn would increase its appeal.
However, tennis fans around the world did not receive the news well. Most fans firmly believe that accepting business offers from a nation notorious for its unabashed human rights violations, and for their treatment of women, is not an ethically sound decision.
Fans on Twitter slam Kyrgios for his greedy tweet
It is the general consensus, Nick’s comment does not come off as a surprise. Kyrgios has almost carved a niche for himself in the media with some of the most extreme views on the tennis landscape; this one seems no different. Twitter fans were quick to point out that Nick is one of the most well-paid personalities on tour and that his greed for money is absolutely uncalled for.
He was also criticized for disregarding the ethical issues that could accompany this deal. Some commented on his history of domestic abuse allegations against ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari.
His recent absence from the Tour was also called out by several users, many of them commenting that Nick has received a considerable amount of money in spite of playing only one single match in 2023 so far.
Kyrgios has been absent from the Tour for most of 2023 due to a recurring knee – injury he got last year. He recently made a comeback at the Stuttgart Open, losing to Chinese player Wu Yibing in straight sets. He has since pulled out of the Halle and Mallorca championships. This has raised concerns about his participation at Wimbledon this year. He has also had to miss all tournaments prior to the grass season this year.
With his injury, his chances at Wimbledon too seem bleak. It remains uncertain whether the previous year’s runner-up will make an appearance at the Championships this year.
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