Nick Kyrgios’ Controversial Jibe Triggers Former Tennis Legends as Roger Federer’s Ex-coach Dishes Out Logical Take

Published 12/14/2023, 9:56 AM EST

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Australian tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, has been in much news of late. While he has been away from the action for a very long time owing to injuries, he gave a disappointing update to his fans. The former Wimbledon finalist revealed that he won’t be participating in next year’s Australian Open. It further led to rumors spreading that his retirement was nearing. Amid this, Kyrgios was involved in a heated discussion on Twitter.

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There have been many comparisons between different generations of tennis players. However, it has led to inconclusive results in the end. Recently, Nick Kyrgios brought this topic back on social media.

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The Australian star made a controversial remark while comparing the past generation with the present. He said that the game was slow back then and players didn’t have very big serves. Further, he even gave Novak Djokovic‘s example that serves back then would be destroyed on return by players such as the Serb. Reacting to this, Roger Federer’s former, Sven Groeneveld, gave a strong reply.

Taking to Twitter, he said, “The rackets (together with the type of balls and speed of court) that were used during those times the amount of skill involved of playing the game was much higher than its today.” Groenveld made some practical points, but he wasn’t done.

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Further, he went on to add, “The courts are all the same pace, balls are slow and rackets and strings are compensating for the lack of skill of the players technical tactical physical and mental capacities. Hard to compare apples with oranges.”   

Kyrgios was also involved in a heated exchange with Boris Becker about this subject. The latter defended the older generation of tennis stars which Kyrgios had termed slow. However, Becker ended the debate by going into damage control mode.

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What did Becker say about Kyrgios?

After Becker hit back at Kyrgios over his ‘slow’ comment, the latter got personal and reminded Becker about his legal troubles. However, Becker decided to end the conversation by wishing Kyrgios a speedy recovery as he is still healing from his injuries.

Becker said, I wish Nick a speedy full recovery and can’t wait to see him back on a tennis court! He is an exciting player when he is fit! He has got a Grand Slam in his bag but you have to do the talking on the court ….good luck!”

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While Kyrgios is away from the tennis court, he never fails to remain in the news. Although he’ll miss his home Grand Slam tournament, Kyrgios will hope to come back stronger later next year.

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Vatsal Shah

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Being a die-hard fan of tennis and an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal, tennis has been a part of my life even before I ventured into sports journalism. If I have learned anything from the incredible career of the ?King of Clay?, it is to constantly enhance your skill sets, no matter at what stage you are in your career. This motivated me to complete an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management while pursuing my career as a sports writer.
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