‘I Am 100% Pro Censorship’ – Reilly Opelka Takes a Cheeky Dig at Elon Musk’s Twitter Acquisition

Published 04/30/2022, 12:59 AM EDT
Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Reilly Opelka of the United States serves against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Elon Musk is making the headlines ever since he acquired a 9.2% stake in the social media company, Twitter. Subsequently, Twitter went crazy after news emerged of his acquisition of the company. Earlier this month, the Tesla CEO acquired Twitter for around $44 billion. However, since his takeover, many iconic tennis players have been losing followers on Twitter. Recently, American tennis player, Reilly Opelka has called out Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

Opelka is having one of the best starts to his season. Moreover, the 24-year-old has already won two titles this year in Dallas and Houston. Additionally, he also made it to the finals in Delray Beach. It has resulted in him rising to the 17th spot on the ATP rankings chart.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

‘Chris and I Didn’t Make the Cut?’ – Martina Navratilova Lashes Out After Her Epic Chris Evert Rivalry Is Left Out From the Likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Venus, and Serena Williams

2 months ago

Reilly Opelka voices his disappointment on Elon Musk’s Twitter deal

One of the reasons for Musk’s acquisition of Twitter was his aim to protect freedom of expression. Further, Opelka had a series of arguments on Twitter involving a fan and tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg along with him. It all began with Rothenberg criticizing Djokovic’s actions at the Serbia Open where he threw a ball in frustration that nearly hit a fan.

However, slamming him for his comments, Opelka said, “The good news here, is you lose so much credibility every time you spread misinformation. The bad news is, you don’t face any consequences (revoking of media credential) for being incredibly biased and blatantly lying.” 

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Reilly Opelka of the United States celebrates after recording match point against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

To this, one of the fans replied, “That’s rich. You’re all excited about Elon buying Twitter so people can say whatever they want, yet you want this guys credential canceled lol.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

WATCH THIS STORYWill Smith Shows How King Richard Cast Trained Like Serena and Venus Williams

Further, referring to Musk’s Twitter deal, Opelka said, “Not true at all, I am distraught that Elon bought Twitter, as I stand strongly against free speech. I am 100% pro censorship.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Opelka will next play at the Madrid Open in Spain. He is the 15th seed at the tournament and will take on compatriot, Sebastian Korda, in the opening round.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Vatsal Shah

805 articles

Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT