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‘How Can You…’ – Nick Kyrgios, Coco Gauff, and Others Come Together To Back NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Hyped Up Media Interaction

Published 04/29/2023, 4:58 PM EDT

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The sports realm has been completely mesmerized by Bucks superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s impassioned speech. His comment about “failure” went viral, prompting athletes from other sports to share their perspectives on what it means to fail as an athlete. Unsurprisingly, various tennis players have joined other athletes in applauding the basketball superstar for his response to a journalist’s statement about his team’s failure.

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Tennis stars Jessica Pegula, Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Coco Gauff, Christopher Eubanks, and Matteo Berrettini agreed with the 28-year-old Bucks star’s views on how every unsuccessful season is not a failure.

Tennis stars Nick Kyrgios and others support Giannis Antetokounmpo’s recent statement


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“Do you view this season as a failure?” This was the question that angered the Milwaukee Bucks player. On April 26, Miami Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The 28-year-old was then questioned at a press conference about whether he thought his team had failed this season. The frustrated Bucks player responded by explaining why setbacks in sports should be considered growth opportunities rather than failure.

Along with that, he also sighted a Michael Jordan example. Explaining that he played 15 seasons and won only 6 Championships. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the nine seasons were failures. Seeing that amazing answer, a lot of tennis players took to their social media accounts to share Giannis’ statement and expressed their experiences.


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The 29-year-old American tennis player, Jessica Pegula, took to her Instagram account to share a story. In that story, she shared the clip, and wrote, “His reaction when the question is asked is all of us, response.” 

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Additionally, her 19-year-old doubles partner, Coco Gauff, also shared the same video that was posted by Bleacher Report. Even Matteo Berrettini was also clearly impressed by his explanation. He also shared the same story on his Instagram account and wrote, “Culture… Sports (Translated from Google).”

And another American tennis player, Christopher Eubanks, shared his take on Twitter. He wrote, “How can you not love this guy…” 


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Further, the Australian tennis player, Thanasi Kokkinakis, shared his view on Twitter and wrote, “The man.” When talking about Australian players reacting to trending topics, how can Nick Kyrgios’ name not be mentioned in the same breath? Kyrgios shared his doubles partner’s tweet and added the NBA player’s words as “Powerful.”

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.

Edited By: Tony Thomas