“This is a joke?” Reilly Opelka expresses his disgust on online abuse directed towards Frances Tiafoe over the shots he fired at Roger Federer during the last match of his career

Reilly Opelka defends Frances Tiafoe for the hate he received online for intending to hit Roger Federer unintentionally at the Laver Cup.

Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

American big-serving giant Reilly Opelka has defended his countryman Frances Tiafoe’s actions at the recently concluded Laver Cup. Tiafoe, who paired with Jack Sock to compete against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in his farewell match, fired shots directed towards Nadal and Federer during the match.

Tiafoe fired the winners towards Federer, who was standing at the net. The Swiss maestro dodged the ferocious winners from Tiafoe and didn’t mind him using these frowned upon tactics. While both Federer and Nadal took the incident lightly, fans on social media were upset by Tiafoe’s antics and deemed his actions to be unnecessary.

One of the fan raised concern that Tiafoe’s acts were uncalled for and a little disrespectful for Federer, who was playing his last professional match. “While I’m a fan of Frances Tiafoe, I found it a bit weird that he tried to pelt both Roger and Rafa as hard as he could in the final moments of Roger’s career. He’s a professional and has the entire court open. Back to back points? I’m not sure Kyrgios would’ve even done that,” the fan tweeted.

Reilly Opelka took to Twitter to expresses his disgust over such thoughts and called it a joke. “You really cant make this stuff up surely this is a joke?” Opelka tweeted.

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Frances Tiafoe refuses to apologize to Roger Federer

Roger Federer and Frances Tiafoe
Roger Federer and Frances Tiafoe

In the press conference, Tiafoe straight away refused to apologize to Federer for intending to hit him. He argued that Federer has got a lot to apologize for the last 24 years after beating everybody on the tour.

“Absolutely not. I want to see him lit, but I’m not going to apologize to him,” Federer said. “He’s got a lot to apologize after the last 24 years after beating everybody on the tour.”

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.