Nick Kyrgios Takes a Dig at Sebastian Korda’s Idol Worship of Rafael Nadal After French Open 2020 Defeat

Published 10/05/2020, 5:48 AM EDT
Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his fourth round match against Sebastian Korda of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


World No. 2 Rafael Nadal recently defeated 20-year-old Sebastian Korda in the fourth round of the French Open 2020. The young American lost to Nadal in straight sets but won many hearts. After the match, Korda even asked Nadal to autograph his T-shirt. The Spaniard was quick to respond and did not disappoint his opponent. However, Nick Kyrgios didn’t think much of the move and he took a dig at the young American after this news broke in.

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The 25-year-old Australian reacted on Twitter and blamed this attitude of Korda’s for his loss. “Probably why he got destroyed,” wrote Kyrgios on Twitter.

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Kyrgios has been known to make controversial statements and tweets. Based on his tweet, he doesn’t seem to be a big supporter of this culture where one gives too much respect to their opponent. He not only stated that Korda lost but emphasized on the fact that he got destroyed due to his ‘too good’ behavior.

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Fan reactions to Nick Kyrgios statements on Korda

There is definitely a culture of idol worship in every sport. One can see swapping of jerseys on a football field or players coming to lift their idols on shoulders in cricket. It is undoubtedly a dream come true for any youngster when he is up against his idol. However, there is an ongoing debate on whether this culture affects the performances of youngsters and fans have had mixed reactions to Nick’s comments.

According to some fans, Kyrgios is not completely wrong here. He only meant that the young Korde would never be able to beat Nadal with that mindset if he keeps on idolizing him to this extent.

Sebastian Korda of the U.S. in action during his fourth-round match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The other side argued that this idol culture helps youngsters feel more comfortable around their idols. They get to learn more from them. Some fans even mocked Kyrgios since he hasn’t reached the fourth round at any French Open, and felt like he was the last person who should be taking jibes at Korda.

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Korda hasn’t reacted to Nick’s statement so far. Whatever the case, Nick Kyrgios is famous for his ‘to the point’ talking skills. He expresses what he feels.

Other matters aside, this was definitely a dream come true for Sebastian Korda. His inspiration Rafael Nadal will next face Jannik Sinner tomorrow at the quarter-finals of the French Open 2020.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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