“Can’t Even Say Sorry”: Nick Kyrgios Shows Frustration During Loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas at Laver Cup 2021

Published 09/25/2021, 2:29 PM EDT
Aug 9, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Nick Kyrgios of Australia discusses a call with the chair umpire during a match against Reilly Opelka of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports


Nick Kyrgios, who is carrying on Team World’s hopes of winning their first Laver Cup title, faced his first matchup against Stefanos Tsitsipas from Team Europe. Kyrgios, who played very few tournaments this year, couldn’t live it up to the Greek’s speed and lost the first set, 3-6.

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Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

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Nick Kyrgios was frustrated with Stefanos Tsitsipas during Laver Cup 2021 matchup

Tsitsipas was able to move better than the Aussie. With the crowd rooting for Kyrgios to win, Tsitsipas winning the first set was a disappointment for the fans. The Greek star player wasn’t bothered by Kyrgios’ serve after he got the much-needed break in the middle of the set.

Also, Tsitsipas got a bit lucky as there were a lot of his shots that hit the racquet frame and landed in. The Australian was definitely not happy with this and vented out his frustration over Tsitsipas to his team.

“‘But how many times? Can’t even say sorry… He just walks like he meant it. He’s like, ‘I practice it all the time.'”, Kyrgios said.

Kyrgios expected Tsitsipas to apologize for what happened but the latter went on with his game, not being bothered by what’s said on the other side of the court.

Even in the second set, the Aussie failed to convert a lead of 30-15 on Tsitsipas’ serve and went on to lose his serve at 2-2. With an early break up his sleeve, the Greek didn’t look back as he gave Team Europe a lead of 4-2.

But, Kyrgios was supposed to draw in some energy from the crowd. None of that happened so far into the match the Australian player looked overwhelmed from the quality all-round game produced by Stefanos Tsitsipas.

However, the matchup turned interesting during the eighth game of the second set where Kyrgios found himself having five break points. But, the Greek star served extremely well under pressure to save all those break point chances and was just one game away from victory against the Aussie.

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Serving for the match at 5-4, Tsitsipas was once again put under pressure as Kyrgios managed to clinch yet another break point opportunity. But, the Greek was rock solid on serve and won his first match for Team Europe with an incredible forehand passing shot winner against Nick Kyrgios.

Team Europe leads Team World with a massive margin of 5-1 in this year’s Laver Cup so far.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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