Wimbledon, Here We Are! Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic
Tennis Fans, Australians, and Others
Welcome to this hub. If you have even clicked on the title you are probably a tennis fan or an Australian. If not you are either curious to see what my latest hub is about, or you clicked on it by mistake. If it's the latter you may not be able to relate to this hub or find it very interesting (though if you like poetry there is a poem).
I wrote this because Wimbledon 2015 is currently under way and I am an avid tennis fan. As well as that we had quite a few Australians competing and, if I am correct, all but two advanced past the first round. Among this contingent were the three youngest competitors, Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios, and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The fact that this hub and poem is dedicated to only two of these, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, in no way lessens the contribution of Thanasi or intimates he is less worthy. His character and temperament actually make him more deserving of acknowledgement and affirmation than the other two. It just proves the notoriety and bad behaviour makes better news headlines.
Bernard Tomic (born 21 October 1992) is an Australian professional tennis player who as of 8 June 2015 was ranked world No. 24 by the ATP. Tomic enjoyed a successful junior career in which he won three Orange Bowl titles and two junior grand slam singles titles, the 2008 Australian Open and 2009 US Open. Career highlights include winning the 2013 Apia International Sydney, the 2014 Claro Open Colombia, the quarterfinals at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.(wikipedia) *Lost to Novak Djokovic 3rd Round Wimbledon 2015.
The Tantrum Twins
Australia cringes on this day
As all fair play has gone away.
It seems good sportsmanship has died,
Laver, Rosewall, Newcome cried.
Our new brigade of tennis stars
Speed around in fancy cars,
Abuse the umpires, swear and curse,
Smash their rackets, even worse.
Wimbledon’s a world event,
Not some court inside a tent.
A place where champions are made,
Where history and tradition laid.
We’ve had our winners in the past,
Cash and Rafter, Hewitt last.
Even now there’s those with class,
Like young Thanasi Kokkinakis .
Bernard Tomic was the first,
Onto the tennis scene he burst.
Unorthodox describes his game,
With that he beat some top 10 names.
Off-court behaviour though he lacks,
From Davis Cup he has been sacked.
He criticised the hand that feeds,
I think he’ll soon regret those deeds.
Nicholas "Nick" Kyrgios (born 27 April 1995) He won the boys' singles title at the 2013 Australian Open and the boys' doubles event at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Kyrgios's biggest achievements to date are reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon2014, where he defeated Rafael Nadal ranked ATP No 1 and RichardGasquet, (who he lost to in the 3rd round of Wimbledon 2015), and the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open where he lost a 3 set match to Andy Murray. (wikipedia)
Nick Kyrgios the latest star
With ability to take him far,
Though on-court he’s a total brat,
Aussies don’t take kind to that.
We are a patriotic lot
And cheer our own no matter what.
They’re entertaining that’s a fact,
But humility is what they lack.
There’s been some tennis brats before,
John McEnroe was one for sure.
But even he would draw the line
And only rarely got a fine.
The greats of tennis play it cool,
They win events, don’t act like fools.
The Joker, Federer, Warwrinka too,
Don’t act too big for tennis shoes.
Tomic and Kygrios should unite,
As a doubles team they’d have some might.
The ‘Tantrum Twins’ the perfect name,
Smashing rackets every game.
The most hated man in tennis— Chris Chase
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Quite a tag has been levelled at Nick Kyrgios by one US media heavyweight Chris Chase after his memorable Wimbledon campaign: “The most hated man in tennis”.
Yet at the same time, he’s been branded a drawcard who continues to spark extraordinary debate in the wake of his controversial exit from the Wimbledon, with the consensus that he is a brilliant talent who placed himself (deliberately or not) in the role of tennis super-villain.
“.... the press and fans will put up with the antics as long as the on-court success backs it up. But if Kyrgios’s game falls off, like Tomic’s, or the headlines become increasingly more for what he says rather than what he does, suddenly the brashness of youth becomes the petulance of a falling star.” (Chris Chase USA Today’s “For the Win”)
One of Wimbledon’s most infamous figures Jeff Tarango - the American hothead who was disqualified in 1995 - offered this take on Kyrgios.
“He’s young, he’s brash and he’s not going to be reined in. I think a lot of players come to Wimbledon and they immediately slap the handcuffs on you, they try to rein you in and they try to tame you and they try to keep you doing their thing. And he’s refusing to do that and I think might not be 100 per cent correct but it’s his way.
I'm sure they (tournament officials) want to even give him bigger fines but they can’t, so it’s probably a two-way street as far as tournaments to Kyrgios. It’s either completely ban what he’s doing or let him go, because at the end of the day he’s going to be selling tickets.
I have a feeling he’s almost like the second coming of a John McEnroe in a way, and how can they let John McEnroe do one thing and not let him (Kyrgios) do another thing.
He could make it a little more Disney, if I had to do any advice I’d make it a little more fun.
But what he’s doing is entertaining and when you talk about polarising it doesn’t matter if people like you or they hate you when you’re on the tennis court. What matters is that the crowd is into it, because that’s what brings you as a player and an athlete a lot more energy.
I think that Kyrgios needs that kind of energy coming from the crowd to play his best.”
- Bernard Tomic seems to have turned over a new leaf. He seems more settled and mature this year and his ranking is steadily rising with good performances in early tournaments. He hasn't been involved in any off-field dramas and his on-court behaviour has been exemplary. Still alive in the Australian Open at time of writing.
- Nick Kyrgios started the year well with a victory in the Hopman Cup. In the Australian Open however he was defeated in the Second Round to Belgian Thomas Berdych. In this match he returned to his bratty ways, complaining to the central umpire about annoying music in the crowd. No one else including the umpire could hear any music. This complaint comes from a guy that constantly has ear plugs embedded in his ears when not on the court. It appears his behaviour is fine until he gets behind in a match and is under pressure.
Both Kyrgios and Tomic are still alive in Wimbledon 2016, as I write this, and into the third round with only a couple of minor issues. It will be interesting to monitor the remainder of the tournament.
Well, things haven't gotten all that much better in the two years since writing this hub. Bernard Tomic has once again become an embarrassment to Australia with his comments after losing his first round match at Wimbledon.
In a press conference following his lacklustre effort, Tomic admitted to faking an injury to get some time off during the match. He also said he felt bored and wasn't physically or psychologically prepared for the match. He basically alluded to not needing the money and already set for life whether he wins or not. For this 1st round loss, Tomic walks away with $60,000 for 1 1/2 hours on the court.
I remember as a teenager and young adult playing sport for the love of it without any thought of monetary rewards. Tomic obviously should give tennis up if he doesn't play for the money or enjoyment.
© 2015 John Hansen