“Put Some Respect”: Nick Kyrgios Lauds Jack Sock After Rafael Nadal Loss at Citi Open 2021

Published 08/05/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios acknowledges the spectators after losing his match by a walkover as he sustained an injury REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Rafael Nadal made a solid comeback on the court after his injury-prone two months after the French Open. He beat Jack Sock of the US in the second round, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. However, Jack did not show any signs of going down as a loser, and Nick Kyrgios has supported Sock on Twitter.

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Nick Kyrgios tweeted in support of the American after the crowd was supporting Nadal throughout the match. The World No. 192 showed great skills against the former World No. 1.

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“Put some respect”: Nick Kyrgios congratulating Jack Sock on his effort

It is always difficult to beat a higher-ranked player, especially when he is a 20-time Grand Slam winner. Jack Sock proved his worth against Rafael Nadal, even though he went down fighting. Moreover, Kyrgios is also someone who has always given his best and did not receive the due credits for his efforts.

Put some respect on @JackSock92 name bro. He always could compete and win matches at the highest level, proud of you bro,” said Kyrgios in his tweet.

Jack got a game out of the match against Nadal in front of the home crowd. He battled for three hours against the Spaniard; however, Nadal dominated the final set’s tiebreak.

Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jack Sock of the United States celebrates during a match against Rafael Nadal of Spain (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrgios battling it out in 2021

Nick Kyrgios has had a difficult year with all the injuries under his belt. Besides having a setback due to injuries, Kyrgios has also been in the limelight for his comments. Being in the limelight isn’t a big deal for Kyrgios; however, his form will dictate his future ahead.

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His injury at the Wimbledon Championships forced him to withdraw from the tournament and consequently miss out on the Olympics as well. He lost his opening game at the Citi Open against Mackenzie McDonald. A healthy score of 4-6, 4-6 saw the Australian star leave the tournament.

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Aug 3, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a forehand against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

A slippery court at Wimbledon Championships and comments on it not having grass were some of the few sentences coming out of Kyrgios’ mouth. However, the man shows support and respect for athletes where it is needed. Kyrgios will be back at the US Open later this month.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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