4 Years After Hitting Rafael Nadal on the Chest, Nick Kyrgios Remains Firm on His Anti-Refusal Stand for the Bizarre Happening

Published 06/25/2023, 3:50 AM EDT

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A recent social media exchange brought Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios back into the spotlight after a fan questioned his refusal to apologize for hitting Rafael Nadal directly in the chest with a ball during Wimbledon 2019.

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The clash between Kyrgios and Nadal at Wimbledon 2019 highlighted their different personalities and games. Known for his unconventional POVs and sometimes controversial actions, Kyrgios has often been a lightning rod. Nadal, on the other hand, takes a traditional and disciplined approach to the game.

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During the social media exchange, Kyrgios took to Twitter to respond to a fan’s request for an apology. He wrote, “No. I meant that.”

This straightforward answer still leaves room for interpretation, suggesting that Kyrgios had reasons beyond simply targeting Nadal during the match.

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Kyrgios has always been known for his unorthodox and unconventional play, as well as his antics on and off the court.

Throughout his career, Kyrgios has displayed exceptional tennis, mixing in powerful shots at unexpected times. Some see him as a breath of fresh air in an almost rigid rhythm game, while others say his actions cross the line of acceptable play.

What happened at Wimbledon 2019 between Nadal and Kyrgios?

Kyrgios and Nadal’s Wimbledon match was already full of tension and intensity, as both players fought hard to win. But it was Kyrgios’ deliberate shot directly at Nadal’s chest that became the talking point of the match. While there is no clear rule against such behavior, players are generally expected to be respectful and sportsmanlike toward their opponents.

In the post-match press conference, Kyrgios was asked if he intentionally took a shot at Nadal. In a candid response, the Australian admitted, “I was going for him, yeah. I wanted to hit him square in the chest. I’m not going to apologize.”

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Kyrgios’ unapologetic stance has sparked heated discussion among both followers and pundits alike.

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While the tennis world continues to evolve, controversy surrounding the game remains. Tennis history has seen its fair share of controversial figures, from John McEnroe to Ilie Nastase. These players, like Kyrgios, stirred emotions and sparked discussions. Some say their actions add excitement and drama to the game, while others feel it tarnishes its integrity.

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Which side are you on? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Ansh Tandon

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Ansh Tandon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Ansh received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has been working in content creation for 2+ years. Before Ansh stepped into sports journalism, he was a professional tennis player, honing his skills in national level tournaments for the past 12 years as an active AITA athlete.
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