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‘How on Earth Did They Miss the Handshake?’ – Andy Roddick, Tennys Sandgren, and Fans Go Berserk Over Nick Kyrgios’ Mad-Cap Ride Against Stefanos Tsitsipas at 2022 Wimbledon Championships

Published 07/03/2022, 7:10 AM EDT

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Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the sport of tennis. The tournament has seen its fair share of dramatic matches over the years. Yesterday, we witnessed a spectacular match between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas that will certainly go into the history books as one of the most controversial ones. Eyeing their maiden singles Grand Slam title, the two yesterday faced each other in the third round of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.

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While Kyrgios’s impressive performance earned him the victory, it was overshadowed by several controversial incidents. After the match, the two stars gave their take on the incidents during the press conference. The compilation of the incidents that unfolded during the match opened room for some strong and light-hearted opinions from players and fans around the world.


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How players reacted to the clash of Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas

One of the first players to react was Kyrgios’s fellow countryman, Thanasi Kokkinakis. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis paired for doubles at the 2022 Australian Open, winning their maiden Grand Slam title. Ever since then, the two have been a strong doubles team. The two reportedly had to play doubles at Wimbledon. However, prior to their first-round clash, the two announced a last moment withdrawal.

Learning about the incident, Kokkinakis took to his Twitter handle, praising his doubles partner. “Aussie boys doing work! Demon, Kubs Kyggs…,” he wrote.


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While a number of players like Kokkinakis gave their views on the players, a number of other players also gave their views on the controversial incidents. Commentating the match, American legend John McEnroe criticized Kyrgios for his actions. However, going back in time, one can recall McEnroe as one of the most short-tempered players of the game.

Taking to his Twitter handle, American player Tennys Sandgren took a dig at McEnroe for criticizing Kyrgios. “johnny mac critiquing someone’s on court behavior is fu***ng hilarious,” he wrote.

Following the unpleasant exchange between the two, the tennis world further waited to see the customary handshake between the two. With Kyrgios ending the match with an inside out drop shot, the two moved towards the net for the handshake. However, BBC, the official broadcaster of Wimbledon, opted not to show it.

Raging over BBC for not seeing showing the handshake, a number of players took to their Twitter handles, expressing their disappointment. German player Andrea Petkovic took to her handle, writing, “WE WERE ALL JUST HERE FOR THE HANDSHAKE AND YOU CUT AWAY BBC WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU.”

Having a similar opinion, former World No.1 and the 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick also expressed his disapproval of BBC. “How on earth did they miss the handshake?” he wrote.

How did the fans react??

Similar to the players, a number of fans also reacted to not showing the handshake and McEnroe’s comments on Kyrgios’s behavior.

Carrying forward the words of Andy Roddick and Andrea Petkovic, a Twitter user criticized the BBC for not showing the handshake. He wrote, Why cut away? #handshake.”

Having a similar view to Tennys Sandgren, another Twitter user criticized John McEnroe for calling out Kyrgios for his behavior. The Twitter user wrote, I hate when John McEnroe is commenting on Bad Behavior! When he was the Poster Child for the Biggest Bad Behavior for Tennis! He he Needs to Shut it and say No Comment! #omgVictoria.”

Along with the criticism, some fans also pointed out the positives of the match.

Retweeting Wimbledon’s tweet, a fan wrote, “Box office 100% what a match that was…” 

Retweeting the same tweet, another fan wrote, What a f**king match…”

Adding to the praise, another user took a slight dig on the two players, but appreciated them for a high-quality match. “Not the best example to set for the youth of today watching.. but what entertainment for the sport & tennis on show! Wimby called it… BOX OFFICE,” he wrote.


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Having a similar opinion, another fan wrote, “Not a big tennis guy, but every once in a blue I’ll get sucked into watching a good match (almost always at Wimbledon), and this one was outstanding.”


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Fans shower love on Kyrgios’s impressive performance

Nick Kyrgios like many other players, has a section of loyal fans, and they made sure to praise the 27-year-old for his performance.

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Taking to his Twitter handle, a fan drew comparison on the difference of maturity level between Kyrgios and Tsitsipas. Giving Kyrgios credit, he wrote, After all these angers, frustrations and everything, Nick Kyrgios is maturer than Stefanos Tsitsipas. What happens in the tennis court should stay in the tennis court. #SW19″

Giving his views on the match, a fan of Kyrgios said, “Glued to this match. Tennis and tennis players in particular can be extremely boring. Nick Kyrgios is box office gold.”

Nick Kyrgios has a number of Masters titles in his career. However, even after repeated tries, he has failed to win a major. The urge of which was clearly visible in his winning celebration. Taking a note of it, a fan wrote, “Look how much it means to him. It’s great to see him actually want it.”

Looking at his performance, another fan took an extraordinary leap and announced him as the GOAT. “(Goat emoticon) we’re winning the whole damn tournament,” he wrote. 

Over the years, Kyrgios has made a place in every tennis fan’s heart. Having his fans behind his back, Kyrgios will next face American player Brandon Nakashima in the fourth round of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships
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Written by:

Ahmar Wasif


One take at a time

Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.
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Tony Thomas